The next version of Apple’s Mac operating system, Ventura, will make it easier to keep track of all your open programs and windows. Stage Manager is a new feature in macOS 13 that groups windows to the side of your desktop and organizes them by the app. Ventura will bring the app and its associated windows to the middle of your screen whenever you switch between programs. Consider a Stage Manager to be a dock for all of your open apps.
Spotlight, Apple’s system-wide file-finding function, will also be improved with Ventura. With macOS 13, the feature will allow you to search for images in your photo collection as well as text within photos using Apple’s Live Text API. You’ll be able to start timers with Spotlight shortly.
Apple is updating many of the operating system’s default apps, including Safari and Mail, as predicted. According to the corporation, Ventura will have the most significant software change in years. Mail will contain an undo send option, similar to Messages on iOS 16, allowing you to “take back” an email if you spot a typo or other error shortly after sending it. Apple is also introducing the ability to send emails on a timetable. In addition, the software’s search feature has been revamped, according to the business, to improve accuracy.
Safari now has a new Shared Tab Groups feature that lets you see what tabs your friends are using in real-time. You can also utilize the ability to create a shared bookmarks list and initiate a Message or FaceTime call right from Safari. Apple is also releasing a feature called Passkeys as part of a larger industry drive to eliminate passwords.
They’re described by Apple as one-of-a-kind digital keys that stay on your device forever, making it difficult — if not impossible — for unscrupulous actors to deceive you into disclosing your login credentials. Face ID and Touch ID are used to verify your identity, and iCloud Keychain is used to sync your logins across all of your Apple devices.
Ventura features additional Continuity options for users who have access to both an iPhone and a Mac computer
You can use the front-facing camera of your iPhone with video calling apps on your Mac thanks to a technology called Continuity Camera. Your computer will detect that you have an iPhone nearby and establish a wireless connection with it. You’ll still have access to your iPhone’s portrait mode and Studio Light functionality when the two are linked.
With Desk View, you’ll be able to stream an overhead video of your desk from your phone. People who wish to collaborate on projects using FaceTime and other apps will benefit from this functionality, according to Apple. Ventura will also bring Apple’s Handoff feature to FaceTime, letting you start a FaceTime session on your Mac and then move it to an iPhone or iPad, and vice versa.
Apple has redesigned the System Preferences menu to appear and work more like the Settings app for iPhone and iPad, as rumored. Finally, Ventura will add additional accessibility features, such as Live Captions support for all audio material. Next month, Apple will release a public beta of macOS Ventura, with official availability this fall as part of a free update for customers of compatible Mac models.