This week, Apple released news about a new operating system for its Mac models. The macOS 13 Ventura system should offer some new features, but its interface has barely changed.
Apple’s version of macOS 13 for Macs and MacBooks, expected to start running in September 2022, should be named Ventura and should feature new features and improvements, even related to iOS 16.
For the eager, there is a beta version available for those who want to try it out. So, check below to see if your computer will receive new macOS updates. Additionally, we’ll let you know that the new system should be available.
Which Mac models should receive the macOS 13 Ventura update?
According to Apple, macOS 13 Ventura should be updated on any Mac with an M1 or M2 chip. Therefore, the new operating system will be available for:
- iMac: 2017 or later;
- iMac Pro: 2017 or later;
- MacBook: 2017 or newer;
- MacBook Pro: 2017 or newer;
- MacBook Air: 2018 or newer;
- Mac Mini: 2018 or later;
- Mac Pro: 2019 or later.
Meanwhile, the following models will not receive macOS 13 Ventura:
- iMac: 2015;
- MacBook Air: 2015 to 2017;
- MacBook Pro: 2015 and 2016;
- Mac mini: 2014;
- Mac Pro: 2013;
- MacBook: 2016.
What’s new in macOS 13 Ventura?
In short, the operating system doesn’t bring much change from macOS 12 Monterey. The main changes are:
- New controls (Stage Manager) make it easier to switch between windows on macOS;
- A more efficient Safari with new features;
- Continuity camera, which can use the user’s iPhone as a webcam;
- New design in Spotlight.
A new feature in macOS 13 is Stage Manager, which helps you organize your windows and apps, a bit like App Exposé and Mission Control. Click the Stage Manager button in the Control Center at the top of the screen, and macOS organizes all your open windows and applications into groups that you can quickly access via icons at the edge of the screen.
This feature allows you to create custom application groups in a layout of your choice. You can also center the app you’re using on the screen without going full screen, so you can still use other apps. While working in Stage Manager, you can click the desktop to find files and use Mission Control to switch applications.
Use your iPhone as a webcam
A new feature called Continuity Camera lets you use your iPhone as a webcam on your Mac. If you have an iPhone 11 or later with an ultra-wide camera, you can use Apple’s Central Stage feature, which lets you move around the environment and let the video automatically follow you. You’ll need a tripod or some sort of clip to keep the camera steady, in a position that’s suitable for whatever type of video call you’re doing.
A feature called “Desktop View” uses an ultra-wide-angle camera to mimic an aerial camera, showing your desk and your face at the same time. Additionally, if you have an iPhone 12 or newer, you can use Studio Light mode to “subtly” illuminate your face, or use Portrait mode (on iPhone XR, SE or newer) to blur the background , just like Portrait Mode photos on iPhone. .
More powerful spotlight search
Spotlight is probably the fastest way to launch apps on a Mac, but in macOS 13, the feature just got smarter. It will even have a new design that will bring more results and actions than ever before. Thanks to the Live Text feature that detects text in images, you can now search for images and search for text in apps like Notes and Messages.
Spotlight has also gotten smarter at executing actions, kind of like Alfred. You can now do things like run macOS shortcuts, start a timer or alarm using the Clock app, switch to focus mode, and even search the web for images. The spacebar also activates a new quick view shortcut when hovering over a Spotlight result.
If you’re used to talking about iMessage with other Apple users, you can now edit and unbind messages within 15 minutes of sending, or recall deleted messages within 30 days of sending. You can also invite entire groups to collaborate in the Messages window in Pages.
Like iOS 16, macOS 13 will get all of Apple’s improvements to the Focus feature to help eliminate unwanted distractions. This includes the ability to set thresholds in specific applications using focus filters, which gives you more control over what’s displayed in the application you’re using based on the currently selected focus mode.
You can also schedule Focus mode based on the time of day or your current location, and it’s easier than ever to configure Focus with the new setup process. As with Focus in iOS 15 and macOS 12, these settings should be synced across devices like iPhone, iPad, and Mac.
New iOS style app
Finally, macOS finally gets a dedicated clock app with timers and alarms, as well as Spotlight integration for startup. There’s also an iPad-style weather app with detailed weather maps, forecasts, weather warning notifications and beautiful animations.