apple introduced macOS Venturathe latest version of the world’s most advanced desktop operating system, bringing the experience of Mac to a whole new level. Stage Manager gives Mac users a whole new way to stay focused on the task at hand while seamlessly switching between applications and windows.
“macOS Ventura includes powerful features and new innovations that help make the Mac experience even better. New tools like Stage Manager make it easier and faster than ever to focus on tasks and move between apps and windows, and Continuity Camera brings new video conferencing features to any Mac, including Desk View, Studio Light and more,” he said. Craig Federighi, senior vice president of Software Engineering at Apple. “With helpful new features in Messages, cutting-edge search technologies in Mail, and an updated design for Spotlight, Ventura has a lot to offer and enriches many of the ways customers use their Macs.”
Stage Manager automatically organizes open applications and windows so users can focus on their work and still see everything at a glance. The current window users are working in is displayed prominently in the center, and other open windows appear on the left side so they can quickly and easily switch between tasks. Users can also group windows when working on specific tasks or projects that require different applications. Stage Manager works in conjunction with other macOS window tools, including Mission Control and Spaces, and users can now easily access their desktop with a single click.
Continuity Camera now gives Mac customers the ability to use their iPhone as a webcam and unlocks new capabilities never before possible in a webcam. With the power of continuity, Mac can automatically recognize and use the camera on iPhone when it’s nearby, without the need to activate or select it, and iPhone can even connect to Mac wirelessly for added flexibility. Continuity Camera brings innovative features to all Mac computers, including Center Stage, Portrait Mode, and the new Studio Light, an effect that beautifully lights a user’s face while dimming the background. Additionally, Continuity Camera takes advantage of iPhone’s ultra-wide camera to enable Desk View, which simultaneously shows the user’s face and a top-down view of their desk—ideal for creating DIY videos, showing sketches over FaceTime, and more. .
Handoff now comes to FaceTime, allowing users to start a FaceTime call on one Apple device and seamlessly transfer it to another nearby Apple device. Users can be in a FaceTime call on iPhone or iPad, then move the call to their Mac with just one click, or start a call on their Mac and switch to iPhone or iPad when they need to continue on the go.
Safari offers the fastest and most efficient browsing experience on the Mac, along with pioneering privacy features. In macOS Ventura, Safari introduces a powerful new way for users to browse together: With shared tab groups, friends, family, and colleagues can share their favorite sites in Safari and see which tabs others are viewing live. Users can also create a list of bookmarks on a shared home page, and even start a Messages conversation or FaceTime call right from Safari—perfect for planning a trip or researching a project together.
In the biggest overhaul of search in years, Mail now uses cutting-edge techniques to deliver more relevant, accurate, and comprehensive results. Users can quickly find what they’re looking for as soon as they click search, including recent emails, contacts, documents, photos and more, all before they start typing. Users can also schedule emails and even cancel delivery after hitting send, and Mail now intelligently detects if things like an attachment or cc’d recipient are missing from your message. In Mail, users can set reminders to come back to a message at a certain date and time, and get automatic suggestions to follow up on an email if there’s been no response.
Messages on Mac now includes the ability to edit or undo a recently sent message, mark a message as unread, or even recover accidentally deleted messages. New collaboration features make working with others fast and seamless. Now when a user shares a file through Messages using the share sheet or drag and drop, they can choose to share a copy or collaborate. When they choose to collaborate, everyone in a Messages thread is added automatically. And when someone makes an edit to the shared document, activity updates appear at the top of the thread. Users can also join SharePlay sessions from their Mac directly in Messages, so they can chat and engage in synchronized experiences.
Metal 3, the latest version of the software that powers gaming across all Apple platforms, introduces new features that take Mac gaming to new heights and unlock the full potential of Apple silicon for years to come. MetalFX Upscaling allows developers to quickly render complex scenes by using less computationally intensive frames and then applying resolution scaling and temporal smoothing. The result is accelerated performance that gives gamers a more responsive feel and graphics that look stunning. Game developers also benefit from a new fast resource loading API that minimizes wait time by providing a more direct path from storage to the GPU, so games can easily access high-quality textures and geometry. quality necessary to create expansive worlds for realistic and immersive gameplay.
- Live Text uses on-device intelligence to recognize text in images system-wide, and now adds support for paused video frames as well as Japanese and Korean text. Users can now also pick up the subject of an image and place it in another app. And Visual Look Up expands its recognition capabilities to now include animals, birds, insects, statues and even more landmarks.
- With all the features users know and love from iPhone, the Weather and Clock apps have been optimized for Mac.
New accessibility tools include live captions for all audio content, Type to Speak in calls, Text Checker to support review for VoiceOver users, and more.
- System Settings is the new name for System Preferences, and it comes with an updated, streamlined layout that’s easier to navigate and instantly familiar to iPhone and iPad users.
- macOS security is further strengthened with new tools that make the Mac more resistant to attacks, including Rapid Security Response that works between regular updates to easily keep security up to date without rebooting.