Beta versions of iOS 15.5, iPadOS 15.5, and macOS 12.4 were just published by Apple. There’s a hiccup in the middle of the updates, and that’s a problem. With Universal Control, this is especially true.
Since its introduction in iPadOS 15.4 and macOS Monterey 12.3, Universal Control has been well-received, but anybody using iPadOS 15.5 may be surprised to see that they’ll also need to upgrade to macOS 12.4 in order to keep utilising Universal Control. Anyone upgrading to macOS 12.4 will also require iPadOS 15.5 to be installed.
The information was gleaned from the release notes. It’s fair to say that not everyone reads Apple’s latest betas before downloading them—at least, not before doing so!
The fact that these are beta versions should serve as a reminder that bugs like these will almost certainly be resolved before the final releases are made public. The reason behind this does, however, remain a mystery. Still listed as a beta feature, Apple may be making major changes beneath the surface and requiring a companion upgrade for both Mac and iPad to implement them.
People who have to switch between several input devices all day long may find Universal Control one of the most useful new capabilities for the iPad and Mac in a long time. When folks have the latest betas operating on numerous devices, it will be interesting to see whether there are any Universal Control adjustments or enhancements.