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What is Apple Universal Control and how does it work?

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New to iOS 15.4 and macOS Monterey 12.3, Apple Universal Control allows use with an iPad the keyboard and mouse (or touchpad) that is used with the Mac computer… or even being able to operate two different Macs with the same keyboard+mouse/touchpad.

Universal Control allows you to control a Mac and an iPad with the same keyboard + mouse, which also does not need to be of the Apple brand

This makes it easy for someone who works in parallel with the computer and the Apple tablet to use the latter almost as if it were a second monitor in a continuous workflow. It would be a step in a different direction from the possibility that already exists, through Sidecar, to use an iPad as a second monitor of the Mac computer, moving windows of macOS applications to your screen, because now the app running in it would be open on the iPad. the same and could simply be managed with the same keyboard and mouse with which you are working on the computer.

With universal controller eliminates the need to take your hands off the keyboard or mouse to use the iPad or, where appropriate, the option of having a second keyboard or mouse while working on the computer. User convenience is increased, the need for a double set of data entry accessories is eliminated, and the workbench is cleared of peripherals.

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The most interesting thing about Control Universal is the way in which bridges the gap between two devices and two operating systems to turn both into a unified workspace that the user can manage from the same keyboard + mouse. In this way, whoever has both devices can choose the configuration that best suits their needs and preferences, leaving behind the need for Bluetooth pairing between devices and peripherals.

But there is still more. Thanks to the link established by Universal Control you can drag a file from iPad and drop it on the desktop or inside a folder on Mac, and vice versa. Of course, the transfer of files through copy and paste also works in this sense, consolidating the concept of unifying both devices under a common management. Being able to instantly have a document on the other device with this ease is a significant step forward in productivity and convenience.

To make things even easier, you do not need to configure anything at all. Simply place your iPad next to your Mac, move your cursor from your computer to your tablet, and Universal Control takes care of everything… as long as both computers (iPad and Mac) are up to date with the latest versions of their respective operating systems.

AND peripherals don’t even need to be Apple. There is no need for the Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse or Magic Trackpad to intervene, any keyboard, mouse or touchpad that is already recognized and paired with the computer will be integrated into the system and will also act on the iPad.

Universal Control was announced last summer, during the course of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, and it must have represented a significant technical challenge as it took nine months to become available to users, but given its capabilities and results it seems to be worth it.


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