Universal Control: One Mouse & Keyboard to Rule Your Apple iPad & Mac
Apple provided a closer look to users at various features At WWDC 2021 that it will bring to Mac devices. It includes the new Universal Control Continuity feature also.
Universal Control is a new Continuity feature that Apple introduced at WWDC 2021. It will be launched with macOS Monterrey. After the release of macOS Big Sur in 2020, macOS Monterey will be the next significant update for the Mac operating system. The subsequent versions of iPadOS, iOS, watchOS, and macOS improve the user experience on specific devices. But Universal Control seems all set to improve user experience across devices.
Why Continuity Feature is Important
Apple has designed Continuity feature to offer more excellent usability and connectivity between its various devices. It creates an ecosystem that every user can take advantage of daily. For example, users can use the Continuity feature to authorize their purchases through Apple Pay on their iMac or MacBook computer. Likewise, users can use Touch ID or Face ID on their iPhone to authorize their purchases.
Besides, you can also transfer photos, images, and other media from your iPhone to your Mac device. All these are possible due to the Universal Clipboard. It is due to this particular feature that allows users to open an illustration they have created on an iPad in a document on their Mac device. In addition, users can use Continuity Sketch to insert quick drawings into a document on their iPad.
The feature allows users to use the iPad independently to draw with a finger or an Apple Pencil. To draw and insert the drawing, right-click in a Mac document and choose ‘insert Sketch.’ When you tap on this, it will open you a blank canvas on the device you have chosen. For example, it will open the blank canvas on chosen iPod Touch, iPhone, or iPad. Further, you will see known Markup tools on the screen. Finally, you can use a pencil marker, pen, or ruler to create whatever sketch you want.
Apart from these, AirDrop is also a similar feature that the Continuity app offers. Many Apple users are already familiar with this feature. It allows users to transfer videos and photos wirelessly from one Apple device to another.
Universal Control: What Are Its Benefits
Universal Control is another Continuity feature that allows users to use it differently. Thanks to Universal Control, Users can use one keyboard and mouse to connect a Mac with their iPad wirelessly. Users can set their iPad down next to their Mac devices first. After then, they can use the trackpad to drag the cursor right from their Mac device to their iPad screen.
Even the Mac cursor will appear on your iPad screen. So, you can move it seamlessly between these two devices. Plus, you can also use the Mac trackpad to open and close documents on our iPad. Besides, you can use it to return to the home screen on the iPad. Apart from these, users can use the Mac keyboard to search on the iPad.
Here, it is worth noting that Universal Control is not only for connecting one Mac device and iPad. You can add iMac also to this equation. Besides, it allows the users to transfer mostly anything from one device to other. Moreover, users can do it all at the same time. The developer beta that includes Universal Control is available right now. But the public beta is still not available. It can be expected to be rolled out next month.
Airplay To Mac: An Another Exciting Continuity Feature
AirPlay to Mac is expected to be rolled out soon. It is another feature designed to improve the connectivity between Mac and various other devices of Apple. With these features, users can use the retina display and HiFi sound system of their Mac device to share various media. For example, they can share from a photo album or movie to make a presentation for their work.
For example, they can use the display of their Mac device to view videos they have accessed on their iPad. Moreover, users can use their Mac device as a secondary speaker while playing audio in more than one room.
Overall, Apple’s strategy of introducing new ways to keep its devices connected is excellent. It will encourage a massive number of users to invest in a variety of Apple products. This is due to these features that allow various Apple products to work together quickly and seamlessly.
Even though all these new features have been designed specifically for Mac devices, Apple has recently rolled out many other Continuity features for its other devices. For example, it included unlocking an iPhone using an Apple Watch while wearing a mask.