Apple Inc.‘s (NASDAQ: AAPL) macOS is getting a refresher with the upcoming thirteenth version nicknamed Ventura.
While most users will have to wait this fall to try the new version of the Cupertino giant’s next operating system, developers had access to a preview for a while, meaning there’s a lot of information about this iteration of macOS. Here’s everything you need to know.
What happened: macOS Ventura introduces many new features to Apple’s computing ecosystem and further highlights the company’s increasing reliance on its proprietary ARM-based silicon as it slowly moves towards the end of the decade. Intel Corp.based (NASDAQ:INTC) era.
This is especially true because some of the new features are supported exclusively on company-produced processors and are not supported on Intel-based Macs.
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Stage manager: The latest version of macOS introduced the stage manager – a window and application manager that is especially useful on devices with small screens. This feature makes it much faster and easier to switch between multiple apps when multitasking and improves window management.
When a user enables the stage manager from the control center, their screen is arranged in such a way that it removes clutter and shows only the application that is currently in use. It is possible to switch between apps that are already running by clicking an icon in a column on the left, which will move that application to the center while moving the other applications to that column.
You can also drag an open app from the column to use it next to the running app, and the system will remember those apps are used together on the screen when you switch back.
Unfortunately it is not possible to change the order of the applications in the column and with about 12 applications the column starts to become cluttered. Another drawback is that activating the stage manager also hides the desktop, meaning more steps are needed to drag documents from the desktop to the application – potentially a good incentive to start using folders that are in the finder app. are created instead of filling the desktop with clutter.
Live Captions: Ventura also introduces live captioning, a feature that makes it possible to transcribe audio conversations live, for example during Zoom conversations
Another addition is a redesigned Finder interface that keeps windows looking the same as before, but with a redesigned and less cumbersome sharing extension.
Ventura’s system settings have been changed to more closely resemble what preferences look like on iOS. The settings are also organized differently in a way that will take some getting used to.
Featured: The spotlight search feature now also presents relevant photos in searches, can present long lists of results in a smaller space, and can display recently visited websites between results. Pressing the spacebar while a search result is selected now displays a quick view of the result.
Applications: With Ventura, an iOS-like clock app also made its way to the Mac. The iOS Weather application made its way to macOS, and the two systems have become even more closely intertwined with the introduction of a feature that allows users to use their iPhone’s camera as a webcam.
This feature works seamlessly if an iPhone 11 or later with the same Apple ID is connected to the same Wi-Fi network. The studio lighting features of iPhone 12 or later are also supported.
This new macOS version also adds Handoff support in FaceTime, meaning you can switch seamlessly from one device to another without interrupting the call.
passwords: macOS 13 also takes Apple’s first steps toward password elimination with the implementation of what the company calls a Passkey. When a website asks a user to create a password, the system instead asks for a password key, which is based on biometric data and works on all of the user’s devices.
The Photos application is getting an impressive new smart feature: a “copy subject” option available by clicking an image in the app will copy the main subject of the image to the clipboard while removing the background so it can be used in an editing application. be pasted or any other piece of software that accepts images as input.
Mail, Messenger: Apple has also revamped the Mail and Message apps. When it comes to Mail, there is a counter-intuitive feature that slows down email sending: the message is sent 10 seconds after the button is clicked, allowing the user to notice any errors and stop sending it.
The application will also see if the user has not included a subject or an attachment in the text, but then cannot add anything to the email.
The sending time can now also be scheduled, but this requires the device to be turned on at the scheduled time. Messages add an option to edit or undo messages, but they will remain visible if the recipient has an older iOS device.
Silicon Macs get more love: According to a NotebookCheck report, the Cupertino giant is concentrating development on the Macs running the silicon the company has designed in-house.
Intel-based Macs released before 2016 will never receive the Ventura update, as Apple is seemingly slowly phasing out Macs that don’t use silicon. In fact, Mac mini users can only update their device if it was released in 2018 or later.
In addition, Macs without Apple silicon won’t be able to access the new Sidecar reference mode, which allows users to use the M1-equipped 12.9-inch iPad Pro as a mini LED display to take advantage of its high contrast and color accuracy.
Likewise, the aforementioned Live Captions feature will only be rolled out on Macs running Apple silicon and iOS devices, including the iPhone 11. This feature uses the neural machine learning cores present in the A12 Bionic chip and later, as well as in the M-series chips, not present in Intel silicon.
Finally, a new Dictation Mode will roll out that will enable emojis and automatically insert punctuation on Apple silicone Macs with M-series processors.
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