Apple introduces macOS 13. The new version of the operating system is called Ventura and features new multitasking features. In addition, Spotlight will receive new features and the OS will have the ability to use an iPhone as a webcam.
New to macOS Ventura is Stage Manager. It is a feature that displays apps and windows on the side of the screen while the active apps are displayed in the center of the screen. That way, according to Apple, users can more easily switch between different applications. The function is switched on and off via the Control Center.
Spotlight also gets an update. This search feature allows users to search for images in their photo library, on their Mac and on the web from macOS Ventura. It will also be possible to search for text on images via the new Live Text API. The search function also has the option to start timers, create new documents or activate a shortcut. Spotlight will now also show more information about movies, TV series, actors and artists.
Apple is also adding Continuity Camera to its operating system. This allows Mac users to use their iPhone as a webcam, and features like Center Stage and iPhone portrait mode also work. The feature works with the primary camera and the ultra-wide-angle camera on the back of the iPhone. Handoff also comes to FaceTime. This allows users to start a FaceTime call on a Mac and transfer it to an iPhone or iPad and vice versa.
The mail app’s search feature is also being renewed, according to Apple. Users automatically view the most recent emails, documents, contacts and links when they click on the Mail search bar. From now on, users can also schedule emails and withdraw sent emails, for example if users notice a typing error shortly after sending. According to Apple, the app also detects if there are any attachments or recipients missing in the ccs. It will also be possible to schedule follow-up reminders.
Messages will also have the ability to edit or completely withdraw sent messages, just like in iOS 16. When users share a file via Messages, they will have the option to send a copy or “collaboration”. The latter option allows multiple users to make changes to the document. It will also be possible to create a shared photo library via iCloud. The Settings app will also be changed to look more like iPadOS and iOS.
Safari gets a feature to share tabs with users, which also makes it possible to see in real time which tabs their friends are viewing. Safari also gets support for biometric ‘passkeys’ instead of passwords. Major technology companies, including Apple, Google and Microsoft, announced earlier this month that they will support password-free logins on all of their platforms.
Furthermore, Apple is also announcing a new version of their Metal API, which according to the company is aimed at gaming. With it, the company introduces MetalFX Upscaling, which allows developers to render a game in a lower resolution and then upscale it to a higher resolution for better frame rates. The company also talks about ‘temporal anti-aliasing’. Metal also gets a Fast Resource Loading API, which makes it possible to load assets from storage to GPU faster. In addition, several new games are coming to Mac computers with an Apple Silicon chip: GRID Legends from EA and Resident Evil Village. No Man’s Sky is coming to Macs and iPads this year.
The first beta of macOS Ventura will be released on Monday. A full release of OS is scheduled for this fall. OS works on 2018 and later MacBook Air and Mac Mini models, 2017 and later MacBook and MacBook Pro models, 2017 and later iMac and iMac Pros, and 2019 Mac Pro.