As a Diwali gift, Apple finally rolls out the much anticipated macOS Ventura. The update was first unveiled back in June this year at WWDC 2022 and comes with a host of new features including Stage Manager, Continuity Camera, and Handoff for FaceTime.
macOS Ventura Compatibility
- 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)
Features of macOS Ventura
Working with multiple apps and files at once sometimes turns out to be quite cumbersome and tedious on macOS, as it leads to dozens of open windows. With macOS Ventura, Apple has introduced a feature called Stage Manager, which can be activated from the Control Center.
Stage Manager essentially places the currently active window in the center of the display and showcases thumbnails of other apps and their windows in a vertical row on the left. Clicking on a thumbnail opens that window and the current window transitions to the thumbnail row.
People do not like the webcam quality of Macbooks. To solve this problem, Apple bundled a new feature with Ventura that allows users to use their iPhone as a webcam. Macs will be able to automatically recognize and use the camera on an iPhone when it is nearby and will use features like Center Stage, Portrait mode, and a new Studio Light effect to enhance the footage.
New Messaging Features
macOS Ventura brings the ability to edit or delete the messages that you have sent through iMessage. There is, however, a time limit for it. You can edit or delete the messages that you’ve sent within the first 15 minutes after tapping the send button.
Additionally, with macOS Ventura, those who have their read receipts turned on can also mark a message as unread, a feature a lot of macOS users had been requesting. Furthermore, with macOS Ventura, you will be able to recover deleted texts for up to 30 days.
Shared Tab Groups
macOS Ventura brings a new productivity feature to the Safari web browser: Shared Tab Groups. It lets you and your family members (or your workmates or friends) plan things out together. Using the feature, you will be able to build a collective list of bookmarks and use it as a shared landing page. The other participants will even get to see which websites they are currently browsing.
- The Mail app has similarly been updated with the option to unsend emails.
- The Clock app from the iPhone and iPad is also now available on Mac to up your productivity levels.
- Safari has been updated to support Passkeys — a more secure and easier way to sign in that does not involve the use of passwords.