Apple today announced macOS Ventura, the next version of macOS with several new features such as Stage Manager, Continuity Camera, new security updates, and more.
Stage Manager helps you focus on the app you’re using by arranging all unused apps to the side, with the main and active app in the centre.
Continuity Camera allows macOS users to use their iPhone as a webcam. Continuity allows Mac to automatically recognise and use the camera on iPhone when it is nearby.
When connected, Continuity Camera provides standard features such as Center Stage, Portrait mode, and others. It will also use the iPhone’s Ultra Wide camera to enable Desk View, which will display the user’s face as well as an overhead view of their desk. also, Handoff now allows you to start a FaceTime call on one Apple device and transfer it to another.
Tab Groups in Safari will allow friends and family to share their favourite sites and see what tabs others are looking at in real time. The group can create a bookmark list on a shared Start Page and even initiate Messages conversations or FaceTime calls directly from Safari.
Messages on the Mac, like iOS 16, will allow users to edit or undo a recently sent message, mark a message as unread, or recover accidentally deleted messages.
MacOS Ventura also improves Spotlight with Rich Results, which will be available on iOS and iPadOS and will allow users to take actions directly from Spotlight. Spotlight now indexes more apps as well.
Apple is also making significant improvements to the Mac Mail app as part of macOS Ventura. Undo Send allows users to undo a sent email a few moments after it has been sent. Users will now be able to schedule emails and set follow-up reminders.
iCloud Shared Photo Library allows family members to create and share photo libraries with up to six other people. Everyone in the library has the ability to add, delete, or edit photos, as well as choose which photos from their own library to include in the shared library.
Apple has added “Passkeys” to Safari in an effort to improve security. Passkeys are unique digital keys that remain on the device and are described as next-generation credentials that are more secure than passwords.
Users can easily create Passkeys with Touch ID or Face ID, and iCloud Keychain saves all Passkeys for end-to-end encryption across devices.
Apple also emphasised Metal 3, the most recent version of the software that powers gaming experiences on Apple devices. When combined with Apple silicon, the company promises “even greater gaming experiences” on Macs.
Other macOS Ventura updates include:
- Live Text now recognises Japanese and Korean text and can detect paused video frames.
- Animals, birds, insects, statues, and other landmarks can be recognized by Visual Look Up.
- The apps Weather and Clock have been optimized for Mac.
- Live Captions for all audio content, Type to Speak on calls, Text Checker, and other new accessibility tools are available.
- System Preferences is now known as System Settings. and has a streamlined design similar to the Settings app on the iPhone and iPad.
macOS Ventura will be available later this year for all supported Macs, with a developer beta available today and public beta testers in July.
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