Ventura The next version of Apple’s Mac OSIt will make it easier for you to keep track of all the disparate apps and windows. New in macOS 13 is Stage Manager, a feature that groups windows on the desktop side, organizing them by app. Whenever you switch between programs, Ventura will move the app and its accompanying windows to the center of the screen. Think of the stage manager as a dock for your currently open applications.
Ventura will also ship with improvements to Spotlight, Apple’s system-wide feature for finding files. With macOS 13, the tool will allow you to find images from your Photos library, as well as search for text within images with the help of Apple’s Live Text API. In addition, Spotlight will soon let you start timers.
As expected, Apple updates many of the default operating system apps, including Safari and Mail. Among the latter, the company claims that Ventura will include the biggest software overhaul in years. Likes Messages on iOS 16Mail will include an undo send feature, allowing you to “restore” an email if you notice a misspelling or other error shortly after sending it. Apple also adds the option to schedule emails. Additionally, the company says that it has overhauled the software’s search tool to make it better at providing accurate results.
As for Safari, it includes the new Shared Tab Groups feature, allowing you to see which tabs your friends are viewing in real time. It is also possible to use the feature to create a list of shared bookmarks, and start a Messages conversation or FaceTime call directly from Safari. As part of a broader industry initiative to get rid of passwords, Apple is also introducing a feature called pass keys. The company describes them as unique digital keys that will always remain on your device, making it difficult – if not impossible – for bad actors to trick you into sharing your login credentials. The feature uses Face ID and Touch ID to authenticate your identity and iCloud Keychain to sync your logins across your Apple devices.
For those who have access to both an iPhone and Mac computer, Ventura includes new persistence tools. A feature called Continuity Camera It allows you to use the front camera on your iPhone with the video calling apps on your Mac. Your computer will automatically recognize that you have an iPhone nearby and connect to it wirelessly. While the two are connected to each other, you can still access your iPhone’s portrait mode and Studio Light functionality. Furthermore, with Desk View, you will have the option to use your phone to stream an overhead video of your office. Apple suggests that this feature will be useful for people who want to collaborate on projects via FaceTime and other apps. Speaking of FaceTime, Ventura will also extend Apple’s Handoff feature to video calling software, allowing you to start a FaceTime chat on your Mac and then transfer it to your iPhone or iPad, and vice versa.
As it is rumored, Apple has fixed the System Preferences menu to make it look and work like the Settings app on the iPhone and iPad. Finally, Ventura will introduce new accessibility features, including support for Live Captions across all audio content. Apple will release a public beta of macOS Ventura next month, with an official availability to follow this fall as part of a free update for users with compatible Mac models.
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