Universal Control is one of the most anticipated novelties among those that we saw presented during the last WWDC. A feature that allows us to control our iPad from the Mac or vice versa simply by bringing the mouse closer to the edge of the screen. It’s so simple.
A feature that, seen live, surprises
It’s curious to try Universal Control, at least it was for me. Several months of waiting for the arrival of this great novelty and, in the end, it all comes down, in the best way, to bringing the mouse to the edge of our screen so that it jumps to the other device. Nothing more. Nothing less, of course.
The amount of engineering and development to get this feature to work properly and bug-free has rightly led to considerable anticipation. Although now we can say, without a doubt, that it was worth it. Although this is an early beta release, it works great with no errors or lags.
Universal control at its finest. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/Pc6gUxlog3
— David Bernal Raspall (@david_br8) January 28, 2022
It’s true that the feature made quite a few headlines, but if it wasn’t, I think we can say the naturalness of movement, more for those of us who usually work with more a monitor, would lead to the discovery of this functionality without even knowing its existence.
Universal Control is enabled by default in the macOS 12.3 beta, while customization options can be found in the Displays pane of System Preferences. As we can see in the image above these lines, there are few options, since they are basically limited to activating or deactivating the function and allowing reconnection to Macs to which we have already connected.
Thanks to Universal Control, it is no longer necessary to physically change the device. If we are on our Mac with the iPad next to us, we just have to move the mouse, nothing more. A simplicity which, I must say, surprised me much more than expected and which, as surely happens to more than one, made me want to see what Apple has prepared for this year’s WWDC.