Apple has released macOS Ventura 13 for all Mac users running qualifying hardware.
MacOS Ventura includes a variety of new features and capabilities, including the new Stage Manager multitasking interface, a capability that allows an iPhone to be used as a webcam on the Mac using the Continuity Camera, support for forwarding for FaceTime calls, the ability to unsend and edit iMessages, the ability to schedule emails to be sent in the Mail app as well as unsent emails, tab groups Safari, the inclusion of the Weather app, the inclusion of the Clock app, a completely revamped System Preferences now called System Settings, and more.
How to Download and Install MacOS Ventura
Make sure you back up mac with time machine before starting any system software update. Failure to do so could result in permanent data loss.
- Go to the Apple menu, then select “System Preferences”
- Choose “Software Update”
- Click “Upgrade Now” for macOS Ventura
To complete the installation of macOS Ventura, the Mac must restart.
Optionally, Mac users running earlier versions of the operating system will find macOS Monterey 12.6.1 and MacOS Big Sur 11.7.1
as system updates available instead, along with Safari updates. If you’re not ready to install macOS Ventura, you can choose to install the other software updates instead.
System Requirements for MacOS Ventura
MacOS Ventura requires a reasonably modern Mac to run, with virtually any hardware from 2017 or later being compatible. The following and newer Macs will officially support macOS Ventura 13:
- iMac (2017 and later)
- MacBook Pro (2017 and later)
- MacBook Air (2018 and later)
- MacBook (2017 and later)
- Mac Pro (2019 and later)
- Mac mini (2018 and later)
You will also need at least 20 GB of available storage capacity to install the macOS Ventura update.
As usual, the newer and better specified the Mac, the better the performance.
MacOS Ventura 13 Release Notes
The release notes with macOS Ventura are as follows:
macOS Ventura 13.0 Restart Required
macOS Ventura makes the things you do most on the Mac even better, with big updates to the apps you use every day, including Mail, Messages and Safari. You can use your iPhone as a webcam for your Mac with Continuity Camera. There’s also a whole new way to automatically arrange your windows with Stage Manager. And when you upgrade, you get the latest security and privacy protections for your Mac.
If you are looking to use the Continuity Camera webcam feature on Mac, you will not only need macOS Ventura on Mac, but you will also need iOS 16 or later on iPhone.