We have separate features on iOS 16, iPadOS 16 and watchOS 9, but here we are focusing on macOS Ventura and what features it will bring to your Mac.
Now on its 13th build, the next macOS software 8211; macOS Ventura 8211; was previewed at the beginning of June 2022 during WWDC. Apple announced a number of features coming with the software build later this year though it8217;s possible more features will be revealed when the software is released too.
You will be able to install the latest public beta of macOS as long as your Mac is compatible and you are part of Apple8217;s beta software program. Once you have joined 8211; which is free to do 8211; you will be able to install any available betas to test.
Apple is typically good at supporting older devices with its new software, though there are several Macs that fall off the list this time around. You might also find that while your Mac will support the software, you might not get all the new features.
- iMac: 2017 and later
- iMac Pro: 2017 and later
- MacBook Air: 2018 and later
- MacBook Pro: 2017 and later
- Mac Pro:2019 and later
- Mac mini: 2018 and later
- MacBook: 2017 and later
Here are some of the new features that will come to Mac when macOS Ventura is released.
Stage Manager is a new feature coming with macOS Ventura that automatically organises apps and windows on your Mac into a single view to make it easier to switch between tasks.
We have a separate feature on Stage Manager that you can read for a more in depth look at what the feature brings, but in a nutshell, you8217;ll be able to switch between windows and apps with one click. You8217;ll also be able to make different groups of apps for specific tasks and projects, arranging, resizing and overlapping them in your ideal layout.
Continuity Camera allows you to use your iPhone as a webcam with macOS Ventura. When you bring your iPhone close to you Mac, your Mac will automatically switch to your iPhone as the camera input and it works wirelessly too.
You8217;ll also get Centre Stage on any Mac using this feature as the feature will use the Ultra Wide sensor on the iPhone to make sure you are centred in the frame as you move around. There8217;s also a Desk View too when using Continuity Camera, which mimics an overhead camera to show your desk and face at the same time.
You8217;ll also be able to Undo Send, Schedule Send and you8217;ll be reminded to Follow Up if you haven8217;t had a reply and Mail thinks you are expecting one. It will also alert you if you miss off an attachment.
Safari performance is said to be enhanced with macOS Ventura and the software will also introduce a feature called Passkeys that will offer a more secure and easier way to sign in, said to be stronger than all common two-factor authentication. You can read all about Passkeys in our separate feature.
Shared Tab Groups will also be coming to Safari with macOS Ventura, allowing you to share tabs, bookmarks, send Messages and start FaceTime calls directly from Safari. All tabs will be in one place and if your friends or family find a tab they want to add, they can.
Focus launched in 2021, but with macOS Ventura it is expanding. You8217;ll be able to select apps and people you want to receive notifications from by allowing or silencing them, and you8217;ll also be able to filter or draw boundaries for certain apps, like Calendar and Mail with Focus Filters.
Messages has been enhanced with the latest software builds for iPhone, iPad and Mac, with the ability to edit a message introduced. You8217;ll also be able to unsend a recent message 8211; as long as it is within 15 minutes 8211; and you can mark any message as unread.
Additionally, SharePlay is also being added to Messages, allowing you to watch the latest episode of your favourite show or listen to a new song, whilst continuing your conversation thread. There will be shared playback controls to make sure you and your contact are always in sync.
There will be better collaboration too, enabling you to share notes, presentations, reminders, Safari Tab Groups and more, enabling you to start collaborating straight away and see updates in the Message thread.
The updates to Photos run across iPhone, iPad and Mac, like the updates to Messages. A feature called iCloud Shared Photo Library allows you to share photos and videos seamlessly with up to five other people. It means everyone can collaborate on an album and everyone has equal permissions for adding, editing and deleting photos.
You can choose what to include based on a start date or the people in the photos and you can either add photos manually or get smart suggestions for adding them. It will also be possible to add a photo directly from the camera app, making it super easy to add to the album.
The Clock app is coming to Mac with macOS Ventura, allowing you to see the local time in different time zones, as well as set an alarm or ask Siri what the time is in a certain city.
SharePlay is coming to Games with macOS Ventura, allowing you to join and play games together during a multiplayer game that uses Game Centre. There8217;s also a redesigned Game Centre dashboard that allows you to view your friend8217;s achievements and compete against them.
Freeform is a productivity app that will come to Mac and iPad later in the year, allowing you to plan projects and brainstorm ideas or draw with a friend. You8217;ll be able to share files, as well as insert web links, documents, video and audio and you8217;ll be able to collaborate in real time.
The side bar will be familiar to iPad and iPhone users, making it easy to use.
macOS Ventura will allow you to lock a note using your Mac login password rather than you having to remember a separate password. There will also be new, customisable filters, in Smart Folders to enable organisation based on creation date, attachments, checklists and more.