Apple released macOS 13 Ventura. The biggest change in the operating system is the so-called Stage Manager where recent apps remain as a dock to the left of the screen. Spotlight is also getting more search functionality.
Ventura Available For Macs with Intel chipsets and Apple’s own M2 socs. The stage manager has been added to the operating system. This is a way to switch more easily between open programs. Stage Manager allows users to dock applications on the left side of the screen. Users can create different groups of applications or other open applications.
The new operating system also adds support for using iPhones as webcams. It’s called a continuity camera. Users can dock their iPhone on the top of their Macbook. Then the software automatically uses the phone’s back camera as a webcam instead of the cameras built into the laptop. Continuity Camera has many useful features, such as the ability to use the Ultra Wide Camera or to better illuminate the user’s face.
Users can now also use a new security feature called Apple Passkeys. This is a Safari login method that replaces passwords. Users create a unique passkey and can then sign in with Touch ID or Face ID, without having to enter their password. These passkeys are stored in the Keychain.
There are also many minor updates to the operating system. Among other things, it will be possible to switch conversations between Macs and iPhones via the Handoff function. The Mail and Messages apps both get buttons to undo sent messages, and like iOS 16.1, macOS Ventura gets support for creating shared folders in iCloud. The operating system will also receive new apps, including the Weather and Clock app, just like those already on iOS.
Finally, Spotlight’s search functionality will be expanded. From now on, it can also search for images in the Photos app based on location, but also on context, for example for people or objects. Spotlight can also search for text in images via Live Text and it is possible to preview the search.
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