5 Useful iOS 16 Features Available in macOS Ventura

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macOS Ventura arrived a month after the release of iOS 16, with many key features making their debut on the Mac. From popular iOS apps now available on macOS to upgrades to Messages, Mail, and more, here’s a look at 5 handy iOS 16 features that made their way to the Mac.

Classic iOS apps are now on macOS

Two of Apple’s native iOS apps are now readily available on your Mac.

Wall Clock

The watch arrives with a design very similar to what’s on the iPhone and iPad and includes all four functions – world clock, alarm, stopwatch, and timer.

A neat detail of timers on a Mac is that they automatically display in the menu bar upon boot.


For the Weather app on Mac, your current and other saved locations are on the left with the home screen showing the current temperature and conditions, plus high/low at the top center.

Below that is the hourly forecast, 10-day radar, followed by a clean grid with more detailed information like air quality, UV index, sunset, wind, feel, humidity, and more.

You can click the sidebar button near the top left corner to skip the list of locations and access the weather app’s UI max.

The flexibility of iMessage

Two useful features that first launched with iOS 16 and are now available with macOS Ventura are the option to unsend and edit iMessages.

However, accessing it is different than accessing it on iPhone and iPad. On Mac, right-click iMessage to get options to edit and undo send.

macOS Ventura features message unsending and editing

The same rules apply on the Mac as they do on the iPhone and iPad.

  • Undo Send works up to two minutes after sending
  • Editing works up to 15 minutes after sending and is limited to a total of 5 edits with changes visible to the person you’re chatting with

mail upgrades

Like the Messages app, the Apple Mail app in macOS Ventura gets the option to cancel sending, however, you have less time to use it. The default setting is 10 seconds to press the button.

  • After sending an email, look in the lower left corner of the Mail app for it
  • You can set the Unsend option to last up to 30 seconds by heading to Mail Settings > Compose > Undo Send Delay
macOS Ventura features the Mail app

Another useful addition to the Mail app is the ability to schedule outgoing mail for future times.

  • Click the drop-down arrow next to the submit button to see the options

Stage Manager isn’t just for the iPad

While much of the Stage Manager conversation has been about the implementation on the iPad, the Mac is sharing a new multitasking user interface experience with macOS Monterey.

To use:

  1. tap on Control Center icon in the upper right corner of your Mac (double pill icons)
  2. Click Stage Manager near the top right
Stage Manager on Mac Ventura

To dive deeper into this feature, check out our hands-on coverage.

Seamlessly use your iPhone as your Mac’s webcam

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Continuity Camera arrived with iOS 16 and macOS Ventura which means you can take advantage of using your iPhone’s awesome camera as your Mac’s webcam.

It works wirelessly and supports use across both native and third-party apps, including video calls in web browsers.

How to use a continuity camera

  1. Running iOS 16 and macOS Ventura, check it out WiFi and Bluetooth are on For both your Mac and iPhone
  2. Make sure your Mac and iPhone are signed in with a Same Apple ID and using 2FA (per Apple)
  3. By default, the Continuity Camera feature is on — but you can make sure of that by going to the iPhone Settings app > General > AirPlay & Handoff > Camera Continuity
    • Toggle it on and then back on if you’re having trouble connecting your iPhone to your Mac
  4. Bring your iPhone near your Mac While running FaceTime, Photo Booth, Zoom, or any other app that can use your camera (video services in web browsers too)
  5. Your Mac should automatically switch to using your iPhone’s rear camera
  6. If your iPhone’s camera isn’t used automatically, tap Video preferences for whatever app you’re using and choose your iPhone from the list (you can also use your iPhone’s microphone)
    • Or as mentioned above, turn Continuity Camera off and then back on

For a deeper look at the Continuity Camera, check out our full guide on the new feature.

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