Compared to the updates for other operating systems that Apple unveiled at WWDC 2021, the macOS platform for computers has received the most significant innovations. Among them, one particularly stands out that is unlikely to ever appear in Windows or Linux: the Universal Control option, which allows you to tightly link Mac computers with each other or Mac and iPad for collaboration. At the presentation, it looked like another “magic of the Apple ecosystem”.
The Universal Control function is the creation of something like a single workspace between Mac and iPad computers: the user can move between them one cursor with one mouse, and drag and drop files between linked computers and tablets.
This option works natively: by moving the computer cursor on the iPad, it turns into a touch circle. At the same time, Universal Control allows you not only to control devices (for example, click with the mouse on the elements inside the iPad from Mac), but also interact with them (for example, drag and drop photos from iPad and paste them into Final Cut Pro on Mac).
In the coming years, Windows or Linux is unlikely to have something like this – not only because it is difficult to implement technically, but also because Microsoft (or the developers of Linux distributions) does not have such an advanced ecosystem that allows so closely associate different devices with each other. However, recently Microsoft has been moving in this direction, developing the Your Phone utility for Windows 10 and actively cooperating with Samsung.