Apple has launched its annual developer conference with several high-profile announcements. In particular, a new operating system macOS Ventura was presented.
One of the main innovations of the system is the Stage Manager tool. This is a new version of multitasking from Apple. Stage Manager can be activated in the Control Center. Then it automatically organizes all your open applications. In the center of the screen will be the main application you are working with, and in the menu on the left – all the other running applications.
Clicking on one of the applications on the left will change the active application on the screen. The tool works on a similar principle of multitasking on smartphones, only in the Stage Center for parallel applications, there is a separate place on the screen.
The user can place several applications side by side, creating specific work areas. They will minimize when you select another application and maximize in the same way as you configured them. By clicking on a free space on the screen, you will minimize all applications and get access to the desktop. So you can, for example, select a file and drag it to one of the minimized applications.
Spotlight can now start a timer, activate Focus mode, search for images in your photo gallery, and find text on them. In addition, you will receive more information about your favorite musicians and movies. The Mail app has improved your search and added reminders, canceled emails, and scheduled emails.
Safari in macOS Ventura offers to get rid of the usual passwords. Use Passkeys instead. This is a more convenient and easy way to authorize using TouchID or FaceID. Passkeys are more secure than regular passwords and even two-factor authentication. They are also protected from phishing attacks and data leaks. The information is stored in the iCloud Keychain. Passkeys work not only on Apple devices. In addition, the developers have worked on the speed of Safari and its energy efficiency. And also added the ability to share groups of tabs with other users.
Messages allow you to cancel sending messages, edit sent messages, and mark chats as unread. And in connection with the SharePlay function, it becomes a convenient tool for collaboration or recreation.
FaceTime is now supported by Handoff, so you can now redirect video calls to other devices – from iPhone to Mac, from Mac to iPad, from iPad to iPhone, etc. But what’s even more interesting is that you can now use iPhone as a webcam. Just bring the iPhone closer to the Mac, after which the latter will automatically select the smartphone camera as the image source. You don’t even have to choose anything in the settings. Everything happens automatically.
Features such as Center Stage (uses an ultra-wide-angle camera to keep you in the center of the frame), Studio Light (uses effects to enhance the picture as if you’re using additional lighting), Portrait Mode (blurs the background), and Desk View (shows both your face and your desktop) will be available to the user.
Of course, Apple took care of the users, so later this year, iPhone mounts will go on sale to make it easier to use them as webcams. The cost of accessories is not specified yet.
The system settings in macOS Ventura have been rethought – now they resemble those in the iPhone and iPad. They also updated the Game Center and introduced a bunch of slightly smaller innovations.
The following devices will receive macOS Ventura:
- iMac 2017 and newer
- iMac Pro 2017 and newer
- MacBook Air 2018 and newer
- MacBook Pro 2017 and newer
- Mac Pro 2019 and newer
- Mac mini 2018 and newer
- MacBook 2017 and newer
A beta version of the operating system for developers is already available. The release of the public beta is scheduled for July, and users will receive a stable version of macOS Ventura in the fall.