At the annual WWDC, Apple has announced that the next version of macOS 13 will be called Ventura and released to the public in late 2022.
Ventura will succeed macOS 12 Monterey which is currently the latest version of macOS.
Which Macs Will Work With Ventura?
The following Macs will work with macOS Ventura:
- All MacBook models from 2017 or later
- All MacBook Air models from 2018 or later.
- All MacBook Pro models from 2017 or later.
- All Mac mini models from 2018 or later
- All iMac models from 2019 or later
- All iMac Pro’s
- All Mac Pro models from 2013 or later
- All Mac Studios
This means that if your Mac was built before 2017, it won’t be able to run the latest version of macOS Ventura including the 2015 MacBook Pro which is still going strong for many Mac users.
Developers can already test macOS Ventura via the Apple Developer Program but a public beta is not expected until at least July with a final release probably around October.
What’s New in macOS Ventura?
Some of the new features in macOS Ventura are:
- New redesigned System Preferences
- Continuity is replaced by Stage Manager which allow better full external screen support with iPads and allows you to use your iPhone as a webcam
- Closer integration between Photos and Apple Music
- Weather & Clock app from iOS join macOS
- Buddy Controller allows you to use multiple controllers as one
- Voice Control will store new words that you teach it meaning improved dictation on a Mac
- Apple Mail reminders similar to Messages in iOS 16 plus scheduled sending and a better search tool in Mail
- Shared tabs in Safari so you can collaborate with friends on web browsing
- Website settings syncing in Safari across devices
- Freeform – a new app designed for brainstorming and mind mapping on macOS and iOS
- MetalFX Upscaling – a new addition to the Metal graphics technology for gaming which means supported Macs will be able to play major releases such as Resident Evil Village and No Mans Sky
New MacBook Pro & MacBook Air With M2 Chip
The other big announcement for Mac users was the release of a new 13 inch MacBook Pro and MacBook Air with a new M2 chip.
Apple claims that the M2 chip will offer 50% greater bandwidth and 25% higher graphics performance compared to the M1 chip.
The new MacBook Air features an even thinner design in four finishes with a larger 13.6-inch Liquid Retina display, 1080p HD camera and MagSafe charging among other improvements.
The new M2 powered 13 inch MacBook Pro has 24GB of fast unified memory, ProRes acceleration and up to 20 hours of battery life.