A brilliant version of macOS is here, and Mac owners will be eager to know what features it offers.
That’s why you should hit the Update button when the new Apple OS is offered to you.
End the misery of passwords with access keys
Ventura could get rid of passwords once and for all. Instead of having to memorize passwords for every different site you visit (bad idea) or use a password manager (much better), Passkeys actually creates a password for you. When you sign up for a new site, you may now be prompted to create a passkey, a cryptographic key that is synced across all your devices in the highly secure iCloud keychain.
It is not necessary to remember the key. The next time you visit the site and need to log in, your Apple device will ask you to use Face ID or fingerprint recognition and will automatically enter the passkey on your behalf. No more trying to remember your first pet’s name combined with your mother’s date of birth with a $ thrown in for good measure.
Turn a phone into a webcam with Continuity Camera
If you own an iPhone you can now use it as a webcam for your Mac. This is great news because most built-in Mac webcams were mediocre at best until recently. If you’re fed up with a dark, grainy look during work Zoom calls or video chats with friends, Continuity Camera lets you use the far superior iPhone camera as a Mac webcam.
The feature works wirelessly and is easy to use. As long as both your iPhone and Mac are registered with the same Apple ID, you simply hold your iPhone close to your Mac and the connection happens automatically.
The new feature includes Desk View, which gives you an ultra-wide view if you need to demonstrate something on the desk in front of you. It also offers Center Stage, which automatically pans the camera to keep you in the center of the frame, and Studio Light, which brightens your face and darkens the cluttered background of your home office. Learn more about how to use your phone as a webcam here.
Focus on the task at hand with the Stage Manager
This is Apple’s attempt to make it much easier to navigate what’s on the screen when working in multiple applications, and it’s the most divisive new feature in macOS Ventura. The feature puts the app you’re working on front and center, keeping thumbnail icons for up to six other apps open on the left side of the screen. In theory, this makes it easier to switch between different pen apps, particularly on laptops where you have limited screen space to play with.
For example, if you are writing a report, you may need to create a Stage where only the key writing, research and communication applications appear. The feedback so far has been decidedly mixed, but Apple isn’t forcing it on anyone. You can turn off Stage Manager in the settings if you don’t like it.
Switch FaceTime calls between gizmos
You’ve been able to easily transfer phone calls from one Apple device to another with a feature called Handoff, and now that’s coming to FaceTime calls.
Let’s say you start a video chat with a friend on your Mac, but you have to leave the house unexpectedly. No more need to hang up and start over on your phone, just “transfer” the call to your iPhone and keep chatting. Surprisingly, if you are using Bluetooth headphones on your Mac, they will also be transferred to the iPhone as well.
Call back a message you’ll instantly regret
If you decide it was a misjudgment email your boss to say what you really think, you now have an escape window. The new Apple Mail features on Ventura allow you to call up, schedule or set email reminders. While there are limitations (recalling emails provides a 10 second window after the first message is sent), these changes make managing complex inboxes much easier. You should also be notified if you forget to include an attachment or recipient in a message. Messages gets similar improvements: you can edit sent messages, cancel sending recent messages, and mark them to check later.
Find your stuff easier with Spotlight
If you have two or more Apple devices, Ventura makes searching more powerful. Spotlight (Apple’s name for searching on Macs) can now search all of your devices, which means you’ll find photos faster, and you can even use your Mac to search for text within images that were captured with the camera of your iPhone, thanks to Live Text.
The search results are much richer with much more information presented in the results. You can also start timers and shortcuts, perform calculations, find song names using Shazam, and search the web within Spotlight search (command + space).
Play soothing background sounds
This is a quirky feature straight from San Francisco. If you’re having a stressful time working on your Mac or just need to block out the noise of kids making bedlam upstairs, Ventura now includes a selection of soothing background sounds, including the sound of waves lapping on a beach or the tread. patter of rain. Bring a cup of Earl Gray, put your headphones on and relax.
When should i upgrade to macOS Ventura?
Ventura software is available for free from 24 October. As with any new operating system, there is no need to update immediately. Sometimes it is best to wait at least a week or two as it is not uncommon to encounter annoying failures when a new operating system is shipped to millions of people. This is especially true for people who rely on third-party software or plug-ins that need to be updated.
To its credit, Apple is good at fixing such problems and fixing them in a subsequent software update. Even so, it is often wise to let go a little and let others play guinea pigs.
Is my Mac compatible with macOS Ventura?
Only the following systems are capable of running Ventura. If your machine is borderline OK, then it’s often reasonable to hold back until it’s clear if this older machine will all run smoothly.
iMac (2017 or later).
iMac Pro (2017).
MacBook (2017 or later).
MacBook Air (2018 or later).
MacBook Pro (2017 or later).
Mac mini (2018 or later).
Mac Pro (2019 or later).
Mac Studio (2022).