Apple has revealed some of the new features coming to macOS later this year. During the WWDC keynote Apple revealed the name of the next version of macOS as well as details of new innovations and updates to its Mac apps Mail, Safari and more.
macOS 13 name: Ventura
You might think it sounds a bit like Windows Vista, but Ventura is the name for macOS 13. We think it’s a much better name than the rumoured “Mammoth”.
The name maintains Apple’s tradition of giving every version of macOS a name in addition to a version number. As usual, the name is taken from a landmark or area in California as has been the tradition since Mavericks launched in 2013. Prior to that large cats were used as names for Apple’s Mac operating systems. 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).
macOS Ventura: Release date
Apple discussed the features coming to the next version of macOS during the WWDC 2022 keynote on June 6 at 10 a.m. PT. The software will not be released to the public until much later in the year, most likely it will arrive in late October 2022. In 2021, macOS Monterey arrived on Monday, October 25, so expect a similar time frame for macOS 13.
macOS Ventura beta: Release date
The developer beta was made available shortly after Apple’s preview of the new macOS.
Apple discussed two new features coming to macOS in a lot of detail: Stage Manager and Continuity Camera.
Continuity continues to evolve with the introduction of Stage Manager – a new way to manage your desktop clutter which reminds us a little bit of Spaces, because it allows you to organise working areas and hide them away, albeit at the side of your screen, rather than the top.
Another continuity related feature coming to Macs will allows you to use your iPhone as a webcam as well as Handoff a FaceTime call from your iPhone or iPad to your Mac. Continuity camera looks like a great way to benefit from the superior camera on the iPhone. One really impressive feature is Desk View, which displays two views to the person you are calling – your face and your desk. Using the iPhone camera means that Mac users can benefit from features like Portrait mode and Centre Stage and the new Studio Light feature.
Apple’s method to search your Mac – Spotlight – will be getting a revamp. Quick Look will allow you to preview files. You will be able to search photos by location, objects, people, and more. Live Text improvements mean that you will be able to search test within images and videos. Users will even be able to create a new document, start a timer, or more, from within Spotlight.
System Settings is the new name for System Preferences. A name that iOS users will likely feel at home with.
macOS Ventura: App updates
Over the years at the same time as Apple has updated the Mac operating system it has also made changes to various apps that ship with the Mac, and we can expect more this year. Apple has revealed some of the new features coming to Safari and Mail along with updates to Weather, the Clock, new accessibility tools (such as Live Captions).
Mail will bring improved search, but probably the most anticipated feature will be the ability to cancel delivery of an email after clicking send (we imagine there is a time limit here) and also schedule sending an email. Both are features offered by third parties, but it’s good to see them coming to Apple’s email software.
Like its iOS counterpart, Messages on the Mac will allow users to edit a message once sent and recover accidentally deleted messages.
Passkeys will be generated as a more secure means of identifying you and are associated with Touch ID or Face ID. These will replace passwords. Apple claims that “Passkeys are unique digital keys that stay on device and are never stored on a web server,” therefore they are more secure because it is impossible to leak one, or for anyone to phish one from you.
Expect gaming on the Mac to truly take off (well Apple does anyway). Apple says that every new Mac will be able to run AAA games “with ease”. Improvements in Metal 3, MetalFX Upscaling and Fast Resource Loading API should benefit games developers.