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Universal control: Here are the supported Macs and iPads

Apple's long-awaited Universal Control feature for iPad and Mac is now available for beta testers. As we explained in our hands-on coverage earlier today, the feature is incredibly impressive, but it's not available for all iPad and Mac devices. Go below for the full details on Universal Control device compatibility.

Universal Control-assisted devices

You can learn more about how Universal Control works in our hands-on coverage, but the bottom line is that this feature allows you to use a single keyboard, mouse, and trackpad across multiple Macs and iPads. It's an incredibly impressive technology that works exactly as Apple first demonstrated it at WWDC last summer.

So which Mac and iPad models are compatible with the smart Universal Control feature?

Apple says Universal Control is supported on the following Macs:

  • MacBook Pro (2016 and later)
  • MacBook (2016 and later)
  • MacBook Air (2018 and later)
  • iMac (2017 and later)
  • iMac (5K Retina 27-inch, late 2015)
  • iMac Pro
  • Mac mini (2018 and later)
  • Mac Pro (2019)

In terms of iPad compatibility, here's what Apple says:

  • iPad Pro
  • iPad Air (3rd generation and newer)
  • iPad (6th generation and newer)
  • iPad mini (5th generation and newer)

If your devices meet the hardware requirements, Apple says that both devices must be signed in to iCloud with the same Apple ID, Handoff must be turned on, and the devices must be within 10 meters (30 feet) of each other. Apple also notes that an iPad and Mac "may not share a mobile and Internet connection."

And of course, all the devices involved in your Universal Control setup need to run the latest iPadOS 15.4 and macOS 12.3 beta, which are available to both public beta testers and developers.

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