macOS Ventura

I’m laid up in bed a few days with my back once more, boredom has set in approximately 10 minutes into my day, so I decided as my studies had now completed I could risk installing macOS Ventura public beta 3.

Prior to installing I had noticed one feature, Stage Manager, and I wasn’t that sure I’d like it, thinking it more gimmicky than anything. I tend to run my apps in full screen, or when running on multi screen, I use BetterSnapTool to help me quickly snap app windows into regions, something I think Windows 11 is doing far better these days, sadly. Returning to Stage Manager, I decided to enable this and see how it works, and I’ll be first to throw my hand up, surprisingly well. As you switch between apps, the currently focused application quickly swooshes to the left hand side of screen as the app taking focus takes centre stage.

Video highlighting how macOS Ventura Stage Manager functions

Another new feature to the updated operating system is System Preferences which adopts an iOS-style vertical layout, which I think is a long overdue change. Finally, I think I may actually be able to find things quickly, which I could never seem to do in the grid layout in previous releases, where I’d spend forever hunting (I would always forget to search; queue palm to face!).

macOS Ventura’s System Preferences has had an iOS inspired redesign

In having a quick look around, I noticed one interesting addition within security, that of Lockdown Mode, which is designed to support users in the event of their being victim of a cyber attack. Turning this mode on is designed to greatly restrict features of the operating system, access to applications and websites thereby limiting attacker’s ability to user system resources to communicate. It will be interesting to see how such a feature plays out in the future in helping against such attacks, which are only increasing year upon year.

Shall continue to explore, but looking nice so far.

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