The Best New Features in MacOS Ventura – Video

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Speaker 1: So here at WWDC 2022, really one of the big topics is the latest version of Apple’s computer operating system, Mac OS. This version is codenamed Ventura and actually adds a lot of interesting stuff. Uh, it’s part of Apple really transitioning their products from Intel, to Apple, Silicon, and merging what iPhones and iPads and MacBooks are all doing to create a more seamless experience. And unlike many years when the computer’s operating system update is [00:00:30] a little bit of this, a little bit of that. There’s really important stuff here that I think sounds really cool. Speaker 1: So probably the most important thing you’ll hear about Mac, since Ventura is someone called a stage manager. It’s a way to deal with multitasking. Traditionally, max are actually really good at showing you which windows you had open. You just did that four finger, you know, swipe up, down to see the different apps you had open and the different windows within those apps. But stage manager looks a lot cooler. What it does is it makes the [00:01:00] primary window, the one you’re paying attention to, and it floats right in the middle of the screen. Then you can take all the other apps you have open and put them aside, sort of floating in a quasi 3D effect is almost like thumbnails on the side. And for example, if you have a lot of different windows open in safari, they will all be stacked on top of each other and you can scroll through them and bring one to the front. Speaker 1: You can take two different apps and overlay them. You can move the windows. It seems like a very interesting, very visual way to follow multiple programs at the same time and switch easily [00:01:30] between them. Apple is also adding many new features to the spotlight. If you don’t know who that is, that’s the little search bar that brings you up and searches pretty much everything. Uh, now it’s going to help you find images better. It will help you to find live text. That’s right, uh, the photo app understands the text, it has an image in a photo and can read that text. You can start a timer with it. You can do more fast things. That’s where you hit the space bar and you get a preview of things and you can do a lot of actions right from that spotlight bar. Speaker 1: Instead of having to use it to find something, open it and then [00:02:00] do something with it. Sure, the built-in apps in Mac west, you know, people use them all the time. Uh, a lot of improvements there. Mail is one of those they called. Utilities. I always use webmail. I don’t use the built-in Mac mail app, but many people do. And some of the big things that come here are things that you might need, uh, UE steering wheel. That’s a key. You send an email and you have a few seconds to get it back in case you sent the wrong thing. Sentence is the wrong person I sure did you can do scheduled shipments too. So I just [00:02:30] set up the email and go to send it tomorrow at 9am. Speaker 1: And he just steers, but I can take care of it. Now that’s actually a big thing for a lot of people. Many people have been dissatisfied with how search works in the Mac west mail app for years. It’s fine, but it’s just not very intuitive and it’s not very good. So they are doing a major overhaul of search and it will even help you figure out if you are spelling something wrong or if you need to send it in for something you can’t remember the exact word, the new search feature will help you with that. Something we all use on a Mac, even if you don’t use the built-in mail app, is Apple’s Safari, of course [00:03:00] browser, mainly because yes, there are other browsers that you can use and that people use too, on MacBooks. But since safari is the native browser, it is more efficient. Speaker 1: It feels faster. It’s better for your battery life because it really has this synergy between the OS and the hardware and the safari software. In fact, Apple calls it the world’s fastest browser and the most energy-efficient. Uh, of course if you use it with Mac hardware. So one of the big things in the new version of safari that you’re going to see in Ventura is shared tab groups. So you can [00:03:30] take a bunch of tabs in the browser group together and then share that group with other people. And you can all look at the tabs together. You can see who is watching them. You can add tabs to that group. So it’s kind of like a group tab browsing experience. If you want other people to look at the same browser tabs you look at, which you may or may not want to do. Speaker 1: I’m really interested in a future piece of technology coming to Mac west Ventura. At some point they really started talking about it, and that’s a thing of the past. It’s a way to replace the past [00:04:00] words with, uh, your Apple ID, basically using biometrics to create an entry point to a website, and then it keeps it on that machine. You can actually share it with your other Apple devices and you can use it to log into things without really having to come up with an individual password. And there is no individual password stored in a cloud somewhere. So on paper it is very safe. You can even hypothetically use old keys to log into things on non-Apple devices by taking your phone with you and using that biometric to log in [00:04:30] To be honest, Apple was talking a bit about gaming on the Mac. It’s never a big problem for them and frankly it never will be. Speaker 1: I can see because the games they talked about are games that have been out for a while. Resident Evil Eight, No Man Sky, uh, Divine Original Sin, two maps port three. So if Apple starts talking about new games coming to Mac west this year, we can have this conversation until then, it’s still an afterthought for them. And I think everyone knows the feature in Mac west Ventura which I think will be the most game [00:05:00] changing for most people is camera continuity. It takes that continuity feature that lets you, you know, start using something on one Apple device and just use it on another Apple device while adding that to the camera built into your iPhone. So for now, if you wanted to use your iPhone camera as a webcam for your MacBook, you could, because it has a really good camera, but you needed third-party software. Speaker 1: You need to run an app here. You need to run an app on the MacBook and it connects and it works. Sometimes not [00:05:30] work other times. I’ve never found it super reliable. Although when it worked it was great. Now with camera continuity, you can just grab your iPhone, get the camera going, you know, mount it right on your MacBook display and just use that camera as a wireless webcam, which is something I think everyone already has wanted for a very long time, especially since we all started living our lives through zoom meetings. Uh, and that’s probably the feature I’m most excited about in Mac OS Ventura. So when can you get all these great new features and try them out while developers have a [00:06:00] beta version of Ventura? Now a public beta is coming later in the summer. And I assume I’m not sure, but I’m assuming it will be officially released, uh, in the fall of 2022. Then you can get a brand new system with Mac west Ventura or just upgrade your current system to that new one operating system.

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