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MacOS Ventura: scene manager, continuity camera news

This story is part WWDC 2022CNET’s full coverage from and about Apple’s annual developer conference.

MacOS Ventura, Apple’s next operating system for Mac, is coming soon, Apple said during its Worldwide developer conference Monday. Ventura is the successor to macOS Montereyand will bring a host of new features as well as upgrades to classic features like Spotlight and Safari.

Stage Manager and other new features

Ventura adds a new feature called Stage Manager that helps you rearrange and group your open windows. Enabling the feature from Control Center will center your screen on one window, with other windows in a smaller thumbnail view to the side. Do you have several windows linked to a project? You can group them together in Stage Manager, making it easier to jump to what you need.

Stage Manager helps you organize your desktop in macOS Ventura.

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Ventura also brings updates to other apps and features. Upgrades to Spotlight will allow you to search for images on the internet and also search within images. In Mail, you’ll be able to undo and schedule sent messages, and Apple has touted “more accurate and comprehensive results” in Mail’s search feature. On Safari, you’ll be able to share groups of tabs and create access keys – unique login credentials for each individual site that requires login.

Additionally, macOS Ventura includes Metal 3, a software upgrade that powers games on macOS devices. These upgrades will allow the MacBook Air to run games at 1080p resolution, and Mac Studio devices will be able to play at up to 4K.

macOS Ventura brings new camera tricks

FaceTime gets an upgrade in the new macOS, allowing you to seamlessly transfer a call between iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Ventura also lets you use your iPhone as a webcam in a new feature called Continuity Camera. A new desktop view feature uses the ultra-wide camera on iPhones to create a portrait view and a side-by-side desktop view. Apple says Continuity Camera will work with all video chat apps.

MacOS Ventura will enter public beta in July, and Apple plans to release it in the fall.

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Need to show off what’s on your desk? Use your iPhone as a camera to enable desktop view in your video apps.

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Apple’s macOS has been around for over 20 years, powering its Macs, MacBook Pros, MacBook Airs and similar devices. However, Apple Mac computers only represent less than 10% of computers in use today. Apple’s in-house M-series chip is helping to change that, though. Apple said fans bought so many Mac M1s when they hit the market a year ago that they helped push the company‘s desktop and laptop revenue to soaring levels. record $9.1 billion in the first three months of the year. Sales increased by 70% compared to the same period a year earlier.

For more, see everything Apple debuted at WWDC, including WatchOS 9 and iOS 16as good as Apple’s new MacBook Pro and Macbook Air.

GameSpot’s Ian Sherr contributed to this report.


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