After several months of testing with beta users, Apple has released macOS Ventura to the public. Here’s what’s new in this version.
Apple unveiled for the first time macOS Venturatogether with iOS 16, in June. These annual major updates of the operating systems of the Cupertino company contain many remarkable changes. In the Mac department, we have a brand new Stage Manager feature for organizing open app windows. That’s in addition to plenty of other offerings that we’ll list in a bit. If you’re a developer or a tech enthusiast, you may have already tried the macOS Ventura beta for the past few months. If you’ve been waiting for the stable, final build instead, then the wait is finally over. Apple has released macOS Ventura (13.0) to the public worldwide. Those with compatible Macs can go ahead and update their machines right away.
macOS Ventura 13.0 Changelog
- Unsend, Schedule Send, Remind Me, and Follow Up make it even easier to stay on top of email
- Improved search yields more accurate, complete results and offers suggestions as soon as you start typing
- Quick Look support makes it easy to preview files by pressing the spacebar on a result
- Image search helps you find images on the web and in Photos, Messages, Notes and Finder
- Rich results for musicians, movies, business, sports and more
Safari and passwords
- Shared Tab Groups allow you to share a series of tabs with others and keep the Tab
- Group update instantly while collaborating
- Passkeys provide an easier and more secure login method, designed to replace passwords
- Edit a message, unsend and mark as unread to make everyday messages easier
- With SharePlay in Messages, you can enjoy activities like watching movies, listening to music and more with friends while messaging
- Collaboration provides an easy way to invite others to collaborate on a file via Messages and get activity updates in the thread
- iCloud Shared Photo Library makes it easy to share photos and videos with up to five family members in a separate library seamlessly integrated into the Photos app
- Stage Manager automatically organizes apps and windows, placing your active app in the center and other open apps on the left side of your screen
- Easily switch between apps by clicking an open app on the left side of your screen
- Group apps to create sets of apps in Stage Manager
- Quick access to the desktop for easy drag and drop of files to apps in Stage Manager
- Handoff in FaceTime lets you seamlessly move FaceTime calls from your Mac to your iPhone or iPad and vice versa
- Continuity Camera lets you use iPhone as a Mac webcam when you bring iPhone close to Mac and place it in a stand (iPhone XR and later)
- Video and lighting effects include portrait mode (iPhone XR and later). Center Stage (iPhone 11 and later) and Studio Light (iPhone 11 and later)
- Desk View uses the Ultra Wide camera on iPhone to show what’s on your desk during a video conference (iPhone 11 and newer)
This release also includes other features and improvements:
- The Clock app for Mac offers world clocks, timers and alarms for a more consistent experience across all your Apple devices
- Weather app comes to Mac optimized for the bigger screen with immersive animations, hourly forecasts and detailed weather maps
- Removing subject from background isolates the subject of an image so you can copy and paste it into apps like Mail and Messages
- Focus filters hide distracting content in apps like Calendar, Mail, Messages, Safari, and third-party apps
- System Settings includes an updated design that is easier to navigate and renamed
- Rapid Security Response Delivers Security Enhancements to macOS Even Faster
- Live Captions (beta) automatically converts audio to text for deaf or hard-of-hearing users, making it easier for them to follow conversations and media content (Mac with Apple Silicon)
As the official changelog above highlights, macOS Ventura is a pretty big release. It includes Stage Manager, new weather and clock apps, ecosystem features and much more. In the ecosystem department, we get a Continuity Camera feature – allowing us to use our iPhones as Mac webcams. We also get FaceTime Handoff support, allowing us to quickly transfer ongoing calls from one Apple device to another. Meanwhile, Messages and Mail are getting some much-needed boosts — the introduction of Undo Send and other nifty additions.
To download macOS Ventura on your supported Mac, launch the System Preferences app, tap Software updateand then click Download and install.
Which macOS Ventura feature is your favorite, and why? Let us know in the comments below.