The 4 best and the 4 worst features

The 4 best and the 4 worst features

Checking out the annual releases of macOS is a lot like checking out iOS or iPadOS: If your Mac supports Apple’s newest operating system update, there’s almost no reason not to download and install it.

The only two reasons I can think of not to upgrade a compatible Mac to macOS Ventura They are: 1) you have specific apps that might crash, or 2) you’re worried about your old Mac running slow. Otherwise, macOS Ventura is free, and there are more features to like than dislike.

macOS Ventura is not a visual overhaul. That I enter 2020 macOS Big Sur. Sometimes it feels like Apple should remove macOS from the annual update cycle. But the new updates help sell mac and add just enough features to prevent current Mac users from going to windows. Not everyone will appreciate every new feature, but as always, there is something for everyone.

The best of macOS Ventura

4. Access keys replace logins and passwords

Existing login and password systems are terrible because they are difficult to manage and highly prone to hacking. And while two-factor authentication (2FA) adds more security, it’s also extremely inconvenient. For 2FA, you must use an authenticator app or receive a code on your phone. Like I said: it’s a hassle.

Passkeys are a step towards eliminating passwords.Raymond Wong / Reverse

macOS Ventura is a big step toward eliminating passwords, 2FA, and password managers thanks to Passkeys, a way to securely log in to online and app accounts using Touch ID or Face ID. I created a passkey for my eBay account and now signing in is a finger press on the Touch ID button on my MacBook Pro. If you don’t have a Mac with a Touch ID keyboard, you can still use passkeys – it works with passkeys. external security features like YubiKey or you can use your phone (even an Android) to scan a QR code and then sign in via a matching key that’s synced with your iCloud account.

TL; DR: Access keys are awesome. They are not an exclusive feature of Apple and other companies like Microsoft and Google are putting all their efforts into it.

3. Cancel sending and scheduling emails in Mail

I was a Mail user on Mac for many years, but then I gave up because the features I needed, like unsending and scheduling an email for my Gmail accounts, were only available through a browser. These two features did not leave a strong impression on me. when I used the betas of macOS Ventura over the summer, but they’ve made me go back to Mail. I’m a mail app guy again, and it feels great because the Gmail’s new design is a mess in my opinion.

Oh, and Mail search no longer sucks. For large, bloated inboxes, Mail can scan them with greater confidence. On my iMac M1, searching an inbox didn’t take as long as it did on macOS Monterey.

2. Use an iPhone as a wireless webcam

apps like camouflage they were the first to turn their iPhone into a high-quality webcam, so it was inevitable that Apple would build the feature directly into macOS. And that’s exactly what Apple did with Continuity Camera in macOS Ventura.

As long as your iPhone (iPhone XR or later) is working iOS 16, you can turn it into a wireless webcam. Just launch FaceTime or Zoom and select your iPhone as the camera. The only drawback is that it drains your iPhone’s battery, but if you have it connected to your Mac or a battery pack, you’re good to go. Using your iPhone as a webcam is better than buying a high-resolution one separately like the Opal C1.

1. FaceTime on Apple devices

Whoever at Apple suggested “Wouldn’t it be great to be able to transfer FaceTime calls between Mac and iOS devices” as a feature of macOS Ventura deserves a raise. Anyone who uses FaceTime knows how painful it is to start a FaceTime on one Apple device and then have to hang up and restart it from another. The new FaceTime Handoff works flawlessly and is a no-brainer.

Belkin’s MagSafe iPhone mount is good for MacBooks, but there needs to be one for external monitors or iMacs.Raymond Wong / Reverse

the Belkin MagSafe iPhone Mount ($30) for MacBooks it’s pretty good too. It has a protruding piece to hook onto the top of a MacBook; the magnet is relatively strong. The mount doubles as a kickstand to hold your iPhone (great for YouTube videos) and has a metal ring so you can hold your iPhone firmly. My only complaint is that the stand doesn’t work on monitors. Belkin is reportedly rolling out support for displays like Apple’s studio screen (a large 5K screen with a really bad built-in webcam).

The worst of macOS Ventura

4. What is happening with the system configuration?

Ask any veteran Mac user and they’ll tell you about their love-hate relationship with System Preferences. In macOS Ventura, Apple renamed the app “System Settings” to reflect the Settings app in iOS and iPadOS. While it was a good idea, the execution was not. For some unexplained reason, Apple ditched the row of icons for a scrolling list, which isn’t any harder to navigate, but as some have pointed out, there’s UI inconsistencies everywhere. System Settings is not a good app; it doesn’t look or work like a native Mac app.

The old macOS “System Preferences” (left) and the new Ventura “System Settings” (right).Raymond Wong / Reverse

3. The stage manager is weird

Stage Manager is a buggy, confusing and disjointed experience in iPad OS 16.1and honestly not much better on macOS Ventura.

Apple touts Stage Manager as a new way to manage workspaces and apps. The problem is that the mode, and it is a mode that you turn on in Control Center, it’s not a good way to juggle apps. As in iPadOS 16.1, Stage Manager organizes apps into groups, which some people have jokingly called “stacks,” located to the left of your desktop. Click on each group and a stack of application windows will open. This is supposed to help bundle apps (ie Chrome and Notes) so you can manage windows better.

Stage Manager is more confusing to use than just using macOS Spaces and Mission Control.Raymond Wong / Reverse

Apple is clearly aiming for parity with iPadOS 16.1, but I found Stage Manager more confusing than helpful. My biggest complaint with Stage Manager is that you can’t get to your desktop from an open pool of applications – the mode doesn’t feel connected to the rest of macOS at all. Stage Manager feels more like a focus mode than a new multitasking paradigm on macOS.

Fortunately, as a mode, you don’t need to use Stage Manager at all, which is what I’ve been doing. I never turn it on, and it’s like the mode doesn’t exist. I agree that managing workspaces and apps with macOS Mission Control and Spaces could be made simpler, especially for new Mac users, but Stage Manager isn’t the solution as it stands. I’m limited to using Command + Tab to jump between open apps and gestures on a trackpad and keyboard shortcuts to open Mission Control and move between virtual desktops.

2. Desk View is a hack

In Apple’s brightly lit demo rooms, Desk View, which uses an iPhone with an ultrawide lens to create a top-down camera shot, is impressive. At home or in an office where lighting is often softer or non-adjustable, Desk View falls apart with its low resolution and noisy image.

The feature deflects the ultra-wide lens to make it look like a bird’s-eye view. In reality, the transformation makes it almost impossible to show something that isn’t flat like paper. Any object with depth will appear to have been stretched incorrectly. Kudos to Apple for enhancing the initial setup experience with virtual guidelines on where your desktop will cover the ultrawide with a top-down view. But the overall experience could use more work.

I also haven’t been able to get Desk View to run smoothly every time; my iPhone 13 Pro Max running iOS 16 has no lag, but my iPhone 14 Pro often it can’t be used for some reason (I tried again with the newly released iOS 16.1 and the errors persist).

1. Does not support Macs released before 2017

How many years of software updates should a Mac support? It’s not an easy question to answer because, especially when new features may run slower on older machines or require new hardware. It’s even more difficult when a new OS update is released for hardware on different architecture types: Macs that support macOS Ventura are split between Intel x86 and Apple’s custom Arm-based silicon.

Five years is the approximate average for when computers start working, so Apple isn’t wrong with its list of compatible Macs. However, it’s somewhat disappointing to hear that a 2016 Mac is considered essentially old.

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