Universal Control Not Coming with iPadOS 15.2 and macOS 12.1


Yesterday, the Apple Release Candidate build for iPadOS 15.2 and macOS Monterey 12.1 seeded, clarifying that the Universal Control feature will not be part of the consumer software update when it launches next week. The missing feature would allow you to use one mouse and one keyboard across a Mac and an iPad.

Disappointingly, there is no mention of Universal Control in the change log / release notes for macOS Monterey 12.1 and iPadOS 15.2. The feature has not even been a part of any recent beta builds or release candidate versions. The latest release candidates, who were seeded yesterday, have sealed the fate of Universal Control. Customers are unlikely to get the feature when the stable update rolls out sometime next week.

Universal Control was first mentioned at Apple’s WWDC event earlier this year. It allows you to control multiple Macs and iPads using a single mouse, touch pad and keyboard. Oddly enough, the macOS Monterey page on the Apple website continues to show Universal Control as “available later this fall.” In the United States, “autumn” ends on December 21, and winter sets in.

macOS Monterey 12.1 and iPadOS 15.2 were to be launched next week ahead of the Christmas holidays, though without Universal Control.

Want to update to macOS Monterey 12.1 and iPadOS 15.2 despite the lack of Universal Control? Why do you think Apple skipped the feature? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.

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