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In an update to the macOS Monterey features page on its website, Apple has indicated that the Universal Control feature previewed at WWDC 2021 will be available later this fall, which likely means it will be enabled in a future software update.

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It's not a surprise that Universal Control has been delayed beyond the initial release of macOS Monterey, which will be available Monday, October 25, as the feature was still not enabled in the latest macOS Monterey beta. Apple did add a "beta" label next to hidden Universal Control settings in System Preferences, suggesting that the feature will be considered a public beta when it launches, just like iCloud Private Relay on iOS 15.

Universal Control will allow for a single mouse, trackpad, and keyboard to be used across multiple Macs and/or iPads side by side.

Other new macOS Monterey features include AirPlay to Mac, a redesigned Safari browser, a Shortcuts app, spatial audio in FaceTime, and more. There is also a new SharePlay feature that will let Apple users watch TV, listen to music, and share their screens with one another, but like Universal Control, this feature is coming later this fall.

Article Link: Apple Says Universal Control Coming to macOS Monterey Later This Fall
 
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GermanSuplex

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I kind of miss the days when Apple would announce something, and say "Available TODAY". Or, at the very least, announce software and have ALL features available on launch day. I remember the pain of waiting for iCloud messages to finally come out of beta.
 

MacAddict1978

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Why not wait and release Monterey when all the features are ready? That would make more sense, in my opinion.
Agreed, especially since this is really the only actual feature besides the other IOS carryovers that no one cared about on IOS.
 

Lounge vibes 05

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I kind of miss the days when Apple would announce something, and say "Available TODAY". Or, at the very least, announce software and have ALL features available on launch day. I remember the pain of waiting for iCloud messages to finally come out of beta.
You mean like the white iPhone 4?
Announced: June 7, 2010
Expected release: July 2010
Delayed: fall 2010
Actually released: April 28, 2011
Or what about push notifications?
Announced: June 2008
Expected release: September 2008
Delayed: summer 2009
Actually released: September 2009
Or how about MMS?
Announced: March 2009
Expected release: June 2009
Actual release: September 2009
Or the iPad iOS 4, which released five months after the iPhone got it, or Mac OS X leopard, which shipped six months late, and on and on and on.
People! Apple had the exact same problems back in the 2000s under Steve Jobs that they do now, you just easily forget them.
Buggy releases? Mac OS X leopard and iPhone OS 2.0 and iOS 4 all shipped with several bugs that had to be quickly fixed. Remembering how for three months, the proximity sensors were basically completely disabled on iOS 4 because of a bug.
Or who can forget, Apple going back on features? Well, people who are saying that Apple shouldn’t have gone back on Safari, because Steve Jobs wouldn’t have done it? I give you the transparent menu bar.
Apple was so proud of the transparent menu bar, they showed it off at WWDC 07, it was in all of the marketing materials, and then only three months after leopard had been released, they gave you the option to turn it off because so many people complained about it.
 

GermanSuplex

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You mean like the white iPhone 4?
Announced: June 7, 2010
Expected release: July 2010
Delayed: fall 2010
Actually released: April 28, 2011
Or what about push notifications?
Announced: June 2008
Expected release: September 2008
Delayed: summer 2009
Actually released: September 2009
Or how about MMS?
Announced: March 2009
Expected release: June 2009
Actual release: September 2009
Or the iPad iOS 4, which released five months after the iPhone got it, or Mac OS X leopard, which shipped six months late, and on and on and on.
People! Apple had the exact same problems back in the 2000s under Steve Jobs that they do now, you just easily forget them.
Buggy releases? Mac OS X leopard and iPhone OS 2.0 and iOS 4 all shipped with several bugs that had to be quickly fixed. Remembering how for three months, the proximity sensors were basically completely disabled on iOS 4 because of a bug.
Or who can forget, Apple going back on features? Well, people who are saying that Apple shouldn’t have gone back on Safari, because Steve Jobs wouldn’t have done it? I give you the transparent menu bar.
Apple was so proud of the transparent menu bar, they showed it off at WWDC 07, it was in all of the marketing materials, and then only three months after leopard had been released, they gave you the option to turn it off because so many people complained about it.

You sound a little stressed there.
I didn't say anything about Steve Jobs. I never said products were never delayed. I just miss when it was more frequent for software to be available after being announced, or for major features to be released with the rest of the iOS instead of piecemeal.
 

h3ysw5nkan

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Universal Control is the only major non-iCloud related update other than AirPlay to Mac, and it's not available at launch. It's kinda sad.
 
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