Apple delays Universal Control feature until 2022

The news: Apple has confirmed that the revolutionary Universal Control feature in macOS Monterey won’t be coming for a few months still.

  • As seen above, Apple has confirmed on the macOS Monterey website that Universal Control will be available in Spring 2022, not this Fall as previously announced
  • Universal Control promises a seamless experiences between iPad and Mac devices, allowing you to use a single mouse and keyboard between them all, dragging files across screens with no latency

Our take: My mouth was legitimately agape when I saw Apple debut this feature at WWDC 2021. Clearly, the engineers at Apple also had the same reaction. I’ve already seen talk of this being another AirPower scenario, but I’m convinced this one is actually coming. Apple already has integration between devices down pat, so this doesn’t seem as unattainable as a never-before-done piece of hardware.

Apple releases public betas for iOS/iPadOS 15, macOS 12, watchOS 8 and tvOS 15

The news: Apple has just released public beta versions of all the software they announced at WWDC 2021.

  • Alongside an updated build of iOS 15 beta 2 for developers, Apple has released public beta version of iOS 15, iPadOS 15, macOS 12, watchOS 8 and tvOS 15
  • You can sign up for any of the public betas at beta.apple.com

Our take: If you’ve been wanting to try out some new features early, this is the best way to hop on and provide feedback before everything is solidified this Fall. From my experience, iOS 15 is absolutely stable enough to be on your daily driver, but proceed with caution as bugs will be there, some of your favorite apps may be glitchy or not work, and battery life won’t be as good as what you see now on iOS 14.

Download the new macOS 12 Monterey wallpapers here

The wallpaper: Apple included two new wallpapers in the first beta of macOS 12 Monterey, and you can download them here.

  • The design takes inspiration from last year’s macOS Big Sur update but with more subtle hues and shades
  • A light and dark mode version of the Monterey canyons can be seen below

macOS 12 to be ‘a more muted update’

The rumor: The next version of macOS will be a smaller update, according to Mark Gurman (88.7% accurate, via Bloomberg’s Power Up).

  • “For the Mac, expect a more muted update after the operating system was redesigned with macOS Big Sur last year” Gurman says
  • Rumors have pointed to this year’s macOS 12 update being coined “Monterey” or “Mammoth”

Our take: A smaller, more focused update makes a lot of sense with Big Sur releasing last year. Plus, the main Mac focus this year is hardware, anyway.

macOS 12 could be called Mammoth or Monterey

The rumor: The naming for the next version of macOS may have been discovered in recent trademark filings by 9to5Mac (78.5% accurate, source).

  • Two trademarks renewed within the last year point to “Mammoth” and “Monterey” as the most likely names for this year’s macOS 12 update
  • 2020’s macOS Big Sur was the most significant update in years with an all-new design, Control Center and more

Our take: Both of these are solid names: we’ll find out the winner (and gravity of this year’s update) in just under a week.