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MacOS Ventura, Apple’s next operating system for Macs, is coming soon, Apple said at its Worldwide Developer Conference Monday. Ventura is the successor to MacOS Monterey, and will bring a host of new features alongside upgrades to classic features like Spotlight and Safari.
Stage Manager and other new features
Ventura adds a new feature called Stage Manager that helps you rearrange and group your open windows. Enabling the feature from Control Center will center your screen on one window, with other windows in a smaller thumbnail view on the side. Have multiple windows related to one project? You can group them together in Stage Manager, making it easier to jump around to what you need.
Ventura also brings updates to other apps and features. Upgrades to Spotlight will let you search the internet for images and also search within images. In Mail, you’ll be able to undo and schedule sent messages, and Apple touted “more accurate and complete results” in Mail’s search function. On Safari, you’ll be able to share tab groups and create Passkeys — unique login credentials for each individual site that requires a login.
Plus, MacOS Ventura features Metal 3, an upgrade to the software that powers gaming on MacOS devices. These upgrades will allow the MacBook Air to run games at 1080p resolution, and Mac Studio devices will be able to play in up to 4K.
MacOS Ventura brings new camera tricks
FaceTime gets an upgrade in the new MacOS, allowing you to seamlessly transition a call between iPhone, iPad and Mac. Ventura also lets you use your iPhone as your webcam in a new feature called Continuity Camera. A new Desk View feature uses the ultrawide camera on iPhones to create a portrait view and a desktop view side by side. Apple says Continuity Camera will work with every video chat app.
MacOS Ventura will enter public beta in July, and Apple plans to release it in the fall.
Apple’s MacOS has been around for more than 20 years, powering its Macs, MacBook Pros, MacBook Air and similar devices. However, Apple’s Mac computers only represent less than 10% of the computers being used today. Apple’s homegrown M-series chip is helping to change that, though. Apple said fans bought so many M1 Macs when they hit the market a year ago that they helped push the company’s desktop and laptop revenues to an all-time high of $9.1 billion during the first three months of the year. Sales were up a whopping 70% from the same period a year earlier.
CNET’s Ian Sherr contributed to this report.
Apple Introduces New MacOS Ventura