Apple this week rolled out its major Mac update of the year, macOS 13 also known as Ventura, to users around the world.
Who can update?
New versions of macOS have been released as a free update for compatible devices.
- MacBook Air: 2018 and later
- MacBook Pro: 2017 and later
- iMac: 2017 and newer
- iMac Pro: 2017
- Mac Pro: 2019 and up
- Mac Mini: 2018 and later
- MacBook: 2017 onwards
If you are not sure which model you have, you can press the apple in the upper left corner and select “About this device”.
To upgrade, go to System Preferences > Software Update. Remember to back up before you start!
Windows has traditionally been better than Mac when it comes to multitasking, i.e. working with many things at the same time.
Over the years, Apple has tried many solutions without being particularly successful. Spaces, Expose, Mission Control, Launchpad – the list of tools that people haven’t used very often is long.
In macOS Ventura, they try again with Stage Manager, a tool that automatically organizes your apps and windows into small thumbnails on the left side. If you tap on an app, it will appear in the middle of the screen.
This should make it easier to switch between applications. If you have multiple windows open at the same time, you can press View thumbnail to choose from. It’s also possible to group apps together, so you can have everything you’re working on at the same time in one place.
Another nice thing is that you finally get an easy way to go to the desktop – just tap on it.
To use Stage Manager, go to the Control Center in the menu bar on your Mac.
Use your iPhone as a webcam
Continuity Camera is a very cool new feature in macOS Ventura that allows you to use your iPhone with iOS 16 as your Mac’s webcam when the devices are close together.
Why should you do that? Because the iPhone’s camera is much better than the Mac’s built-in webcam.
Using Continuity Camera is easy. You just need to make sure Wifi and Bluetooth are activated on both iPhone and Mac. Then open FaceTime, Photobooth, Zoom, or any other app that uses the camera. Go to the video settings of the respective app if it does not start automatically.
Extra nice is a feature called Table View, which uses the iPhone’s ultra-wide-angle camera to depict what’s happening on your desktop.
Shared iCloud Photo Library
This is another long-awaited new feature in macOS Ventura that makes it easy to share photos and videos with the people closest to you.
Unlike a shared album that may be created for a specific event, the entire photo library is shared. So you don’t have to AirDrop each other’s photos all the time, everything happens automatically when you take photos on your iPhone.
Up to five other people, a total of six, also get equal access to add, edit, and delete photos and videos.
By the way, in the previous macOS Monterey update, Apple introduced the ability to group tabs in Safari. In Ventura, it’s now possible to share tab groups with others, so you can easily share websites and articles with each other.
New messaging features
The new Mac update gets many of the same news as in iOS 16. Among other things, it is possible to undo or modify sent text messages.
In the Mail app, you can also undo sending an email, in addition to the fact that it is possible to schedule it to be sent later.
Apple’s Handoff feature works with FaceTime in macOS Ventura, so you can start a call on your iPhone and then continue on your Mac if necessary.
New system settings
Apple replaced the System Preferences app in macOS Ventura with a brand new solution called System Preferences. It appears to be the corresponding app on iOS, with the various settings listed in a menu on the left.
We think it makes more sense than before, although it may take a while for a long Mac user to get used to.
welcome password keys
People are tired of entering passwords. In macOS Ventura, the solution to this is Safari Passkeys. Instead of having to enter a password to log into websites and services, you should verify yourself with either your fingerprint or your face.
Passkeys can be synced across Apple devices via iCloud Keychain, so they can be used on iPhone and iPad as well.
Should you upgrade?
There are many other new features in macOS Ventura beyond the ones we mentioned here. Among other things, the Weather and Clock apps are coming to Mac.
We recommend updating, but if you have an app that you really rely on, it might be a good idea to check that it works or wait a bit.
to me wired For example, many security software had problems, but here Apple promises that a fix will be on the way.
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