Apple delays Universal Control for iPadOS and macOS until Spring 2022

The tea leaves tried to tell us that things weren’t looking so hot for Universal Control. Not when it comes to a release date, anyway. But still we held out hope that one of the coolest features Apple unveiled alongside iPadOS 15 and macOS 12 would see the light of day before the end of 2021.

Apple's marketing image showing an iMac, MacBook Pro and iPad next to each other on a work desk, controlled wirelessly with the Universal Control feature
Image credit: Apple

Alas, that will not be the case. As first noted today by¬†MacRumors, Apple has gone ahead and updated its websites for both iPadOS 15 and macOS 12 Monterey to reflect that a change has occurred regarding the planned release window for Universal Control. Specifically, the new feature won’t see the light of day until “this spring.”

Unfortunately, that’s all we have to go on at this point. The company is not providing a specific release date with this change to the features websites for both operating systems. Which is probably a good thing, considering the company apparently still has quite a bit to work out before the feature is ready for the public.

Whenever that happens, iPadOS 15 and macOS 12 Monterey users will be able to connect a keyboard and/or mouse to multiple devices at the same time. This means you can quickly and easily move your cursor from your iMac over to your iPad Pro, and keep up the work routine without having to switch accessories.

It’s certainly one of the more handy features that Apple debuted at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference earlier this year. One of the most anticipated as well. But with each wide release and beta seed of updates for both iPadOS 15 and macOS 12 Monterey, the feature has not been included.

So the wait continues. Are you looking forward to when Universal Control arrives?