Apple announces macOS 13 Ventura, the next major software update for Mac

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CUPERTINO, Calif.—As expected, Apple used the stage during its WWDC 2022 keynote to reveal features and changes to macOS in the platform’s next major software update, macOS 13 Ventura .

Ventura’s headlining feature is a new multitasking interface called Stage Manager. It’s touted as a way to combat window clutter on a busy desktop – switch to Stage Manager mode and one of your windows floats in the center of the screen, pushing your other windows into a compressed navigation column at left of the screen. Click on another app window on the left and it will fly to the center of the screen, returning the app you were using before to the navigation column.

The Stage Manager feature in macOS Ventura.
Enlarge / The Stage Manager feature in macOS Ventura.

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Spotlight is also getting some handy quality-of-life updates, adding the ability to access Quick Look search results directly from the Spotlight window and the ability to run shortcuts from Spotlight. Safari brings back the ability to share groups of tabs with other users, allowing all users to add and remove tabs. The browser also adds a FIDO-compatible security technology called PassKeys, which aims to replace passwords with crypto-generated keys that sync between devices using iCloud Keychain. Sites that support PassKeys can be opened using TouchID or FaceID.

Continuity Camera lets you use an iPhone as a high-quality Mac webcam.
Enlarge / Continuity Camera lets you use an iPhone as a high-quality Mac webcam.

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Apple’s cross-device continuity features have also been updated. FaceTime calls can be transferred seamlessly between different Macs and iDevices, while Continuity Camera lets you use an iPhone as a webcam (your iPhone’s LED can even be used as a makeshift light ring). Continuity Camera also supports Center Stage and Portrait Mode effects, though they likely require newer iPhones with hardware that supports those features.

Other features include a redesigned System Preferences app, now called Settings, which brings it more in line with the Settings app in iOS and iPadOS. The Messages app also carries over new features that Apple added in iOS 16, including the ability to edit and unsend recently sent messages, and a mark as unread feature for message threads.

macOS 13 Ventura will launch later this year. The first beta should be available to developers today, with a public beta to follow in the coming weeks.

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