There are many new features in macOS 13, including Stage Manager, Continuity Camera, iCloud Shared Photo Library, and more. But should you install macOS Ventura on your Mac right away?
macOS version 13 was released not too long ago (Ventura). If you must update on the day a new major Apple version is available, at least be cautious. Do not do this unless you have a solid backup plan in place.
During the beta testing period of June – October, macOS Ventura was quite reliable. But several beta testers experienced long waits for messages and failures in apps like Photos and Messages.
However, the new OS’s headline features, such as Stage Manager, Continuity Camera on iPhone and Mac, updated Mail and Messages, iCloud Photo Library, and more, may make it attractive to upgrade.
Continuity Camera is a long overdue addition to MacOS, and I expect it to become one of the most useful new features in Ventura. It essentially transforms your iPhone into something like a webcam for your Mac. And the best part is, all you have to do to get it set up is put your iPhone in close proximity to your Mac. Select your iPhone’s camera as a camera option in the call settings of the relevant app, and then use it during calls.
With the introduction of Ventura and iPadOS 16.1, a new app called Stage Manager is available for use on both the Mac and iPad. Both systems benefit from the new multitasking approach, albeit the iPad’s implementation has been met with greater controversy than the Mac’s due to performance concerns.
However, Stage Manager on the Mac doesn’t have the same problems, and I can see it being a beneficial improvement to help Mac owners multitask, so far as you recall that it exists.
New and improved functionality is included in the free macOS Ventura update. There’s no major reason not to upgrade to macOS Ventura if your Mac is compatible. Wait a few days, or even a week, to be sure no severe problems or defects were missed during the beta test, and only then should you click the upgrade option.