Apple Announces macOS Monterey With Universal Control Features

Switch easily between devices

Apple announced a new macOS on Monday during the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) called Mac Monterey, coming in the fall.

By far, the most significant update to macOS is continuity between devices. Specifically, a new feature called Universal Control allows you to work seamlessly between your iPad, your MacBook, and your iMac. By setting devices next to each other, you can use the keyboard or mouse on one of them across the screens on the others. 

macOS Universal Control

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Universal control will let you drag and drop files between devices, making it more fluid to work across them on the same or different projects. 

The new macOS is getting many of the same features coming to iOS 15, including updates to Notifications, Messages, and FaceTime, as well as new features like Focus to help you prioritize your work. 

Another feature coming to macOS is Airplay. With AirPlay on MacOS, you’ll be able to play, present, and share just about anything on your Mac’s bigger display, including using your iMac as a speaker. 

Shortcuts also are coming to the new macOS Monterey, allowing you to automate your everyday tasks. You’ll get access to prebuilt shortcuts designed just for Mac, or you can link together a series of actions to design shortcuts for your specific workflows. Apple noted that Automator would continue to be supported, and you can use it in conjunction with Shortcuts. 

Universal control will let you drag and drop files between devices, making it more fluid to work across them on the same or different projects. 

Finally, Apple announced a new Safari experience coming not only to macOS but all Apple devices. The reimagined Safari will have a streamlined tab bar with the search feature built right into the active tab. The new tab bar takes on the color of the site you’re viewing, so it feels like a part of the page. 

Tab Groups are a new addition to Safari to save your tabs intro specific topics or groups and pick them back up later, even across devices. 

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