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It’s been a long time coming, but Apple is finally releasing its delayed Universal Control feature. It’s in the beta version of Apple’s operating systems, but that means we’re just one step away from it coming to the release versions of iPadOS and macOS.

With Universal Control, you can use your Mac’s keyboard and mouse with an iPad just by placing the two devices next to each other. Apple often talks about how its devices feel like magic during its press events, and this is one of those instances where it does seem somewhat magical.

The feature was initially planned for a Fall 2021 launch. However, perhaps due to the complexity of getting the two devices to work together, it was delayed to Spring 2022.

Now, according to MacRumors, when you install iPadOS 15.4 and macOS Monterey 12.3 betas, the Universal Control feature is enabled automatically. That means you don’t even have to do anything special to get it up running as long as your devices are enrolled in Apple’s beta program.

Unfortunately, we don’t know exactly when iPadOS 15.4 and macOS Monterey 12.3 will be available to the general public, but we’re expecting it in the Spring, which is when Apple said it was pushing Universal Control back to.

If you can’t wait to get the features on your devices, you can enroll your computer and tablet in Apple’s Beta Software Program. However, you’ll need to keep in mind that you’re dealing with prerelease software, which could cause some issues.

You’ll need to sign up with your Apple ID and then choose the device on which you want to switch to beta builds. Each device has its own process, which Apple breaks down on its website.

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