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Universal Control in macOS Monterey allows iPads to become an extended display

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In one word: Apple’s next version of macOS is called “Monterey.” Continuity between their products has been a focus for years. With Monterey, developers took the next step to make Apple devices more cohesive. One feature that stands out in this regard is Universal Control.

Apple is preparing to launch macOS Monterey with a host of new features to increase productivity. Safari will allow users to collect and save tabs in the sidebar under “Tab Groups”. Shortcuts is a new feature in Monterey similar to Automator that allows users to multitask with one click. Live Text, which we covered above, can scan images for text or phone numbers for easy copy and paste or one-touch dialing.

One of the most notable new features in macOS Monterey is called “Universal Control.” With Universal Control, you can use an iPad or any other Mac as a kind of secondary (or tertiary) display.

As with most extended screen technology on PC or Mac, moving the cursor to the edge of the screen transfers it to the second screen. Universal Control works the same way with any other Mac or iPad and without configuration. It is a fast, easy and intuitive way to transfer items between devices or control them without having to interrupt the flow by changing.

Universal Control is useful in situations where working on two or more devices is easier. Let’s say, for example, that you are using the Apple Pen to draw a drawing on the iPad. Once you’re done, you can use your mouse to drag the sketch into an open Pages document on your MacBook or iMac.

The feature also works on various devices. As you can see in Craig Federighi’s demo above, users can drag the Mac cursor across Mac, iPad, and iPhone in full continuity. With the higher performance of the recently released M1 iPads, sharing between displays in this way defeats other methods like Handoff or Universal Clipboard.

The beta version of macOS Monterey is available for developers starting today, June 7. public beta kicks off next month, and the final version should be released sometime this fall. Check out Apple’s Monterey Advance page for more features coming to macOS.

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