Apple has unveiled 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 along with details of new innovations and updates to its apps Mac Mail, Safari and more.
macOS 13 name: Ventura
You might think it sounds a bit like Windows Vista, but Ventura is the name of macOS 13. We think it’s a much better name than rumored. “Mammoth”.
The name continues Apple’s tradition of giving each version of macOS a name in addition to a version number. As usual, the name is taken from a California landmark or region, as has been the tradition since Mavericks launched in 2013. Prior to that, big cats were used as names for systems Apple’s Mac operating system. This time the version number will be 13 (unlucky for some, but that hasn’t stopped Apple from calling the 2021 iPhone the iPhone 13).
macOS Ventura: release date
Apple discussed the features of the next version of macOS during the WWDC 2022 keynote on June 6 at 10:00 a.m. PT. The software won’t be released until much later in the year, most likely arriving at the end of October 2022. In 2021, macOS Monterey arrived on Monday, October 25, so expect a similar delay for macOS 13.
macOS Ventura beta: release date
The developer beta was made available shortly after Apple’s preview of the new macOS.
Public beta testers will also be able to sign up to try out the beta (here’s how to join Apple’s beta program and how to install the Ventura beta). The the public beta will likely arrive in July.
macOS Ventura: Compatibility
Apple has confirmed that the following Macs are supported by macOS Ventura:
2017 or later MacBook models
2018 or later MacBook Air models
2017 or later MacBook Pro models
Mac mini models from 2018 or later
2017 or later iMac models
iMac Pro (all models)
Mac Pro models from 2019 or later
Mac Studio (all models)
This means that the following Macs, which were previously supported by Monterey, have now disappeared from the list:
iMac (models from 2015)
MacBook Air (models from 2015 and 2017 models)
MacBook Pro (2015 and 2016 models)
Mac mini (2014 models)
Mac Pro (2013 model – cylinder/bin)
MacBook (2016 model)
The 2014 Mac mini was sold until 2018, the “trash” Mac Pro until 2019, and the 2017 MacBook Air was sold until July 2019. We had thought that for Apple would not remove these Macs from the list support, because people might I bought the model so little time ago. At least they will still be supported by macOS Monterey for at least two more macOS generations. See: This is how long Apple supports Macs. Also read: macOS 13 Ventura compatibility: Can your Mac run the latest version?
Some of the Macs supported by Ventura may not support all new features. Read: New macOS features that will only work on newer models.
Here’s a rundown of Macs that might run Monterey.
2016 or later MacBook models
2015 or later MacBook Air models
2015 or later MacBook Pro models
Mac mini models from Fall 2014 or later
iMac models from Fall 2015 or later
iMac Pro (all models)
2013 or later Mac Pro models
Mac Studio (all models)
To find out if your Mac supports Ventura, read: macOS Ventura compatibility: Can your Mac run Ventura?
macOS Ventura: new features
Apple discussed in detail two new features coming to macOS: Stage Manager and Continuity Camera.
Continuity continues to evolve with the introduction of Stage Manager – a new way to manage your desktop clutter that reminds us a bit of Spaces, as it lets you organize work areas and hide them, although on the side of your screen, rather than the top.
Another Continuity-related feature coming to Mac will let you use your iPhone as a webcam as well as transfer a FaceTime call from your iPhone or iPad to your Mac. The Continuity Camera seems like a great way to take advantage of the iPhone’s superior camera. A really impressive feature is Desk View, which shows two views for the person you’re calling – your face and your desk. Using the iPhone’s camera means Mac users can benefit from features like Portrait mode and Center Stage, as well as the new Studio Light feature.
Apple’s method of finding your Mac – Spotlight – is getting an overhaul. Quick Look will let you preview the files. You will be able to search for photos by location, objects, people, etc. Improvements to live text mean you’ll be able to search for tests in images and videos. Users will even be able to create a new document, start a timer, or more, from Spotlight.
System Settings is the new name for System Preferences. A name that iOS users will probably feel comfortable with.
macOS Ventura: app updates
Over the years, along with Apple updating the Mac operating system, it has also made changes to various applications that ship with the Mac, and we can expect more this year. Apple unveiled some of the new features in Safari and Mail, along with updates to the weather, clock, and new accessibility tools (like Live Captions).
Mail will bring improved search, but probably the most anticipated feature will be the ability to undeliver an email after hitting send (we imagine there’s a delay here) and also to schedule the sending an e-mail. Both are third-party features, but it’s good to see them coming to Apple’s email software.
Like its iOS counterpart, Messages on Mac will allow users to edit a message once sent and recover accidentally deleted messages.
Passkeys will be generated as a more secure way to identify you and are associated with Touch ID or Face ID. These will replace the passwords. Apple claims that “passkeys are unique digital keys that stay on the device and are never stored on a web server,” so they’re more secure because it’s impossible to divulge one, or for anyone to hook you.
Expect gaming on the Mac to really take off (well, Apple is doing it anyway). Apple says every new Mac will be able to run AAA games “with ease”. Improvements to Metal 3, MetalFX Upscaling, and Fast Resource Loading API should benefit game developers.
You might like to read what to expect from Apple in 2022 as well as the latest information on iOS 16.