Apple released the first version of macOS Ventura for Mac users on Monday, October 24. Here’s what you need to know about the new features, whether they’ll work on your Mac, and how Apple’s apps including Mail and Safari will change.
Update 10/24:macOS 13 Ventura is now available to all users.
macOS Ventura: Name and Release Date
The Ventura name maintains Apple’s recent tradition of giving each version of macOS a name in addition to the version number. As usual, the name was taken from a landmark or district in California as has been the tradition since Mavericks launched in 2013. Prior to that, big cats were used as names for Apple’s Mac operating systems (Jaguar, Lion, etc.). This time the version number will be 13 (unlucky for some, but that didn’t stop Apple from calling the 2021 iPhone the iPhone 13).
Apple unveiled the features coming to the next version of macOS during the WWDC 2022 keynote on June 6 at 10AM PT. The final version arrived on Monday, October 24th. As with previous versions, it became available for download at 10AM PT.
macOS Ventura: Latest Beta Version
Now that the final version of macOS Ventura has arrived for all users, we expect the first beta of macOS 13.1 to arrive for testers soon.
macOS Ventura: Compatibility
Apple has confirmed that the following Macs are supported by macOS Ventura:
MacBook models from 2017 or later
MacBook Air models from 2018 or later
MacBook Pro models from 2017 or later
Mac mini models from 2018 or later
iMac models from 2017 or later
iMac Pro (all models)
Mac Pro models from 2019 or later
Mac Studio (all models)
This means that the following Macs, previously supported by Monterey, are now dropped from the list:
iMac (2015 models)
MacBook Air (2015 and 2017 models)
MacBook Pro (2015 and 2016 models)
Mac mini (2014 models)
Mac Pro (2013 model – CD/Trash)
MacBook (2016 model)
The 2014 Mac mini sold through 2018, the Mac Pro “trash” until 2019, and the 2017 MacBook Air sold until July 2019. We thought Apple wouldn’t remove these Macs from the supported list, as people might have bought the model a short time ago. At least they’ll still be supported by macOS Monterey for at least two more generations of macOS. See: This is how long Apple supports Mac computers. To find out if your Mac will support Ventura, read: macOS 13 Ventura Compatibility: Can Your Mac Run the Latest Version?
Some Macs supported by Ventura may not support all the new functions. Read: New macOS features that will only work on the latest Macs.
Wondering how Ventura compares to Monterey? Read the macOS Ventura vs Monterey match.
macOS Ventura: New Features
Continuity continues to evolve with the introduction of Stage Manager – a new way to manage your desktop clutter that’s a bit reminiscent of spaces, as it allows you to organize work areas and hide them, albeit on the side of the screen, instead. from the top. Here’s how to use Stage Manager to organize your windows.
Another Continuity related feature allows you to use your iPhone as a webcam in addition to handing a FaceTime call from your iPhone or iPad to your Mac. Continuity Camera is a great way to take advantage of the superior camera on iPhone. One really cool feature is Desk View, which shows two faces of the person you’re calling – your face and your office. Using the iPhone’s camera means that Mac users can take advantage of features like Portrait mode, Center Stage, and the new Studio Light feature. Read about how to use your iPhone as a webcam for your Mac.
iCloud Shared Photo Library
You can now set up an Album in Photos that lets you select up to five people who can all quickly add and share photos and videos with each other. Here’s how to set it up on iPhone, iPad, and Mac.
Apple’s way to search your Mac – Spotlight – has also received a revamp. Quick Look lets you preview files and you can search images by location, objects, people, and more. Live text improvements mean you’ll be able to search for text within images and videos. Users will even be able to create a new document, start a timer, or more from within Spotlight. More info here: How Apple has improved Spotlight search in Ventura.
In macOS Ventura, Apple has added several new features to make Reminders more useful. You’ll be able to see your reminders grouped by time and date, and you’ll be able to pin a list and save lists to use as templates. Read about what’s new in Reminders here: Reminders in macOS Ventura.
System Settings is the new name for System Preferences. A name that iOS users will most likely feel right at home. Read about how Apple revamped System Preferences in macOS Ventura in our in-depth article.
You can play soothing white noise on your Mac in Ventura, including the sound of rain, ocean, or a stream. Read: How to Play Soothing White Noise in macOS Ventura.
Expect games to really take off on your Mac (well, Apple does anyway). Apple says every new Mac will be able to play AAA games “with ease”. Improvements in Metal 3, MetalFX Upscaling, and Fast Resource Loading API should benefit game developers.
In macOS Monterey and earlier, users weren’t able to control a lot of AirPod settings, but that changes on Ventura. At the launch of Ventura, users will finally be able to access a full set of AirPods settings, just like they do on iOS. Read more here: Complete AirPods Settings Coming to Your Mac.
macOS Ventura: App Updates
Over the years, at the same time that Apple updated the Mac operating system, it also made changes to many of the apps that shipped with the Mac, and we can expect more this year. Many new features will be available in Safari and Mail, along with weather and clock updates, and new accessibility tools (such as Live Captions).
Mail has now improved search, but perhaps the most anticipated feature is the ability to cancel an email delivery after clicking send (we imagine there’s a time limit here) as well as scheduling an email. Both are third-party features, but it’s good to see them coming to Apple’s email program. Read How to cancel and schedule email sending in Apple Mail for more information.
There is some confusion about the inclusion of Hide My Mail feature, which means that it is not necessary to share your email with third parties. Initially, Apple mentioned the feature, but it has since been removed from the webpage describing Ventura’s email features, at least in some countries. Hide My Email isn’t new to Ventura – it arrived in Monterey in 2021, but on Ventura it was expected that Apple would extend it to third parties.
Like its iOS counterpart, Messages on a Mac will allow users to edit a message once it has been sent and restore accidentally deleted messages.
Passkeys will be generated as a more secure way of identifying you and associated with Touch ID or Face ID. These will replace the passwords. Apple claims that “passkeys are unique numeric keys that remain on the device and are never stored on a web server” and are therefore more secure because it is impossible for one to leak, or someone to cheat on one of them from you.
You may want to read what to expect from Apple in 2022 as well as the latest information about iOS 16.