Apple's New MacOS Monterey Features Enhanced Cross-Device Integration

Revealed at WWDC 2021, the new operating system features seamless movement between multiple screens.

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Apple has unveiled the new MacOS Monterey during its 2021 Worldwide Developers Conference.

Within the new operating system, Apple introduces Universal Control, which provides continuity by allowing users to effortlessly move between devices using a single mouse and keyboard. During the conference, Apple’s SVP of Software Engineering Craig Federighi demonstrated the new seamless integration, setting up an iPad next to an iMac and moving his cursor between the two with no delay. The new feature also allows users to directly drag and drop files between multiple devices.

The tech giant also introduced AirPlay for Mac which allows users to share their iPhone, iPad or MacBook screen to the larger device for maximal viewing. Additionally, Apple has introduced Shortcuts across MacOS Monterey’s entire interface, which Federighi cites as “the future of automation” as the company engages in a “multi-year” transition. Within Shortcuts, users can create “actions” that allow for more convenient task processing across virtually all of Apple’s applications.

The new operating system update also gives Safari a makeover through a streamlined tab design. With efficiency in mind, the space bar now exists within the active tab. Furthermore, the tab bar takes on the color of a given webpage for an easier viewing experience. Users can also create tab groups, so they can more easily access a selection of tabs and store them when not in use. In tandem with Universal Control, tab groups will be available on other Apple devices and will update in real-time across devices.

All of these updates are available in beta today and will be available for public beta in July. All features will be fully available to users in the fall.

Also at WWDC 2021, Apple introduced the impressive iOS 15.

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