Apple snuck the final release date of macOS Monterey out into the world. Along with announcing the October 25, 2021 release date, Apple also revealed that Universal Control wouldn’t be ready for day one.
One of the lead features Apple is pushing with the release of macOS Monterey is Universal Control. The feature is all about streamlining workflows for anyone who uses multiple Mac computers and iPads at the same time, as it will allow a single mouse, trackpad, and keyboard to be used across them all at once.
If you only have a single Mac and no iPad, you won’t notice that the feature is missing, but for people who are really in the Apple ecosystem, it was a feature that could have really bumped up productivity.
The delay doesn’t come as a huge surprise, as the feature was missing from the final beta releases of macOS Monterey, which is a clear indication that it wasn’t quite ready to go. After all, if Apple wasn’t prepared to unleash it on testers, the company, which is known for its polish, certainly wouldn’t push it to a final build.
Unfortunately, Apple didn’t say exactly when we’d see the new feature, only saying that it’ll launch “later this fall.” That means it shouldn’t be too long, as Fall is only a few months long. Even with the delay, the company’s macOS Monterery feature page has tons of new features, so it’s probably still worth upgrading.