Meet the latest version of macOS
Version 1.2, updated May 11, 2023

macOS 13 Ventura brings important new usability, security, and convenience features to your Mac. Learn how to upgrade your Mac from an earlier version of macOS, find your way around the new system, and make use of the interesting new capabilities such as Stage Manager, Passkeys, and even a way to use your iPhone as a webcam.

macOS 13 Ventura may look a lot like its predecessor, macOS 12 Monterey, but it packs a lot of useful new features (along with some potentially confusing user interface choices). Joe Kissell once again provides a complete guide to the upgrade process, as well as an in-depth look at what's new.

While Stage Manager provides yet another way to manage your windows, apps like Mail and Messages finally offer solutions to longstanding irritations, Continuity Camera learns some fancy new tricks, and macOS offers even more options to manage your privacy and security. Take Control of Ventura walks you through all these changes.

This book teaches you things like:

  • How to tell whether your Mac is compatible with Ventura
  • Steps you should take before upgrading
  • How to perform an in-place upgrade—or do a clean install and migrate your old data from a backup
  • Adapting to the sometimes-confusing new System Settings app, which replaces System Preferences
  • Managing windows and apps with Stage Manager
  • New Mail features—undo sending a message, schedule a message, follow up on messages awaiting replies, and more
  • Editing or unsending messages in the Messages app
  • Using new Safari 16 features, such as shared tab groups and editable suggested passwords
  • Understanding passkeys, which promise to replace passwords in many places—eventually
  • How to share a Photos library with family and friends
  • Using Continuity Camera to turn your iPhone into a webcam
  • Small but interesting changes throughout macOS, such as accessibility improvements, new features in Focus and Dictation, and expanded Live Text capabilities
  • How to use the brand-new Weather app
  • Improvements to bundled apps, including FaceTime, Maps, Notes, Reminders, and more

Table of Contents

  1. Read Me First
  2. Introduction
  3. Ventura Quick Start
  4. Take In the Scenic View
  5. Check Your Mac for Compatibility
  6. Upgrade to Ventura
  7. Adapt to Ventura Changes
  8. Discover Stage Manager
  9. Explore New Mail Features
  10. Do More with Messages
  11. Meet Safari 16
  12. Improve Your Security with Passkeys
  13. Take a New Look at Photos
  14. Get a Better Webcam with Continuity Camera
  15. Discover Other System Improvements
  16. Explore Other App Improvements
  17. About This Book
  18. Also by Joe Kissell
  19. Copyright and Fine Print