Passkeys will sync across all your iCloud-enabled devices, including iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV, as well as your Mac (end-to-end encrypted). On non-Apple devices, you will need to sign in using your iPhone. Google and Microsoft are part of the same FIDO digital identity group, so similar features will be coming to Windows and Android soon.
The Home app has received a long overdue redesign. Now you can see your entire home in one feed, making it easy to navigate and organize all your smart home accessories. With support for the Matter standard, you can now add and connect accessories outside of the Apple ecosystem.
If you’ve ever wanted to use your iPhone’s excellent camera instead of your Mac’s relatively crappy camera during video calls, your wish has been granted. Apple has introduced a new feature called Continuity Camera (for iPhone XR or later). It works wirelessly. If you have a newer MacBook (with an M1 or M2 processor), it will automatically recognize the iPhone’s camera when it’s nearby. From there, you can take advantage of the same features found on recent Mac cameras, including Center Stage and Portrait Mode. The company also teamed up with Belkin to release round plastic mount which attaches to your iPhone so the phone’s camera can be easily positioned above the MacBook’s display.
Other features use iPhone’s advanced optics. With Studio Light on iPhone 12 and later, the camera brightens your face and darkens the background. A feature called Table View, compatible with iPhone 11 and later, shows your face and video above your table at the same time. This is achieved by using the wide field of view of the iPhone’s ultra-wide angle lens and computer-assisted image splitting to create two separate views. The result looks like you’re using two cameras – one pointing at you, the other pointing down.
Apple’s search tool has received some pretty major changes in macOS Ventura. Originally introduced in iOS 15, you can use Spotlight on your Mac to search for photos, messages, notes, and images on the web. It also supports Quick Look, allowing you to view full size previews of files. You can also create timers, set alarms, and launch additional shortcuts.
Instead of hanging up and restarting a FaceTime call whenever you want to switch devices, Ventura’s new Handoff feature lets you transfer the call to another computer. So if you’re on a FaceTime call on your iPhone, your Mac will recognize that you’re nearby and show a prompt asking if you want to transfer the call to your Mac. You can do it with one click. It works the other way too; you can start a FaceTime call on your Mac and transfer it to your iPad or iPhone.
In 2021, Apple introduced Focus Mode, a feature that lets you create profiles to limit certain distractions and alerts on your Mac. You can choose from preset options such as Do Not Disturb, Travel, Sleep, Personal, Driving, and Work, or create your own. You can now add focus filters to specific apps as well, including Calendar, Mail, Messages, and Safari. For example, if you have work focus enabled in Safari, you will only see the tabs that are relevant to work. So you can better focus on the tasks ahead of you.
The new Apple Stage Manager feature automatically arranges all open apps on the left side of the screen. This makes them visible at a glance and fully visible, not hidden behind other apps or in the dock. The Scene Manager keeps whatever app you’re using at the center of the screen. You can also group apps together for specific projects, and resize and reposition within the selected workspace. Switch between windows when you need to; Stage Manager will save your groups and the location of applications within the group.
As an added layer of protection against “sophisticated cyberattacks,” Apple introduced Lockdown Mode. When enabled, apps and websites will be restricted for security purposes to prevent certain data from being compromised by spyware or malware. Learn more about this feature and how to enable it here.
FreeForm is Apple’s new productivity app that lets you collaborate with other people in the same space at the same time. You can share files as well as embed videos, web links, documents, and audio. This is the perfect tool for those who want to brainstorm with groups in real time. Apart from MacOS, the app is also available for iOS and iPadOS. You can read our impressions of Freeform here. It’s important to note that if you were experiencing an issue where drawing strokes (regardless of whether you used your finger or Apple Pencil) were not showing up on shared boards, Apple fixed the issue in macOS Ventura 13.2.
Those who use their Mac with an M1 or M2 processor for games will see a redesigned Game Center bar with the ability to see what friends are playing when they beat your record and all their achievements. You will also be able to play any multiplayer game in Game Center using SharePlay.
Apple ID support for physical authentication keys
For an extra layer of security on your devices, Apple has added support for hardware keys as part of the two-factor authentication process. Unlike codes, hardware tokens cannot be transferred or compromised as easily.
Rapid security response
Instead of going through the process of installing a new version of the operating system every time Apple releases important security fixesthis feature automatically installs the fix whenever you exit the application or restart your Mac (depending on the specific fix).
This feature is enabled by default, but you can disable it. go to System Settings > General > Software Update > Automatic Updates and then click “I” icon on the right. From there turn off Install Security Response and system files. To turn it back on, follow the same steps.