Universal Control lets you use the same keyboard and mouse for Mac and iPad

Apple has added a brand new way to control your devices seamlessly with a new feature called Universal Control. In the latest version of MacOS Monterey, you will be able to use your iPad, Mac and Macbook devices together by moving your cursor over from the laptop to the tablet.

Apple’s new Universal Control is very similar to SideCar that was announced back in 2019 in MacOS Catalina. It allows you to use the same keyboard and mouse to control your Mac, iPad and other devices at the same time.

Universal Control devices on MacOS and iPadOS

The feature should work right away without requiring any user input or any setup – based on the keynote. In the demo, Craig Federighi showed off the new feature using an iMac, Macbook and the iPad, all placed next to each other in close distance. When the mouse was moved towards the direction of the iPad, it picked up on it right away and detected the input. It works seamlessly and the feature also supports gestures, keyboard shortcuts and everything that you are already familiar with on laptops – it even supports drag-and-drop. 

I am personally very excited about this feature and can’t wait to see it on my Apple devices. If the latency and connection works as seamlessly as it was showcased in the keynote, I can see this feature being one of the most useful one for creative people like artists, students, journalists and everyone who can take advantage of a secondary display on-the-go, or at home.

It remains to be seen what devices it will support and be compatible with. Apple also hasn’t shared how the feature is going to work. Are you excited about this feature? Let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.




Roland is a technology enthusiast and software engineer based in United Kingdom.

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