macOS Ventura 13.1 with Freeform, iCloud Advanced Data Protection now available
On Tuesday, Apple released the first major update to macOS Ventura, version 13.1. It brings bug fixes, security updates, and several features that aren’t in the initial release.
What’s new in macOS Ventura 13.1?
macOS 13.1 brings the usual bug fixes and security updates and well as several new features:
Freeform app: The main new feature in macOS Ventura 13.1 is the Freeform app. Announced at WWDC, Freeform is a whiteboard app for the iPhone, iPad, and Mac that lets you work across devices and share sketches, notes, files, web links, documents, photos, video, and audio in real-time.
Advanced Data Protection for iCloud: Adds more than 20 data categories protected using end-to-end encryption, including iCloud Backup, Notes, and Photos.
AirTag sounds: Users with an AirTag can now locate it from a short distance away by clicking a “Play Sound” button in the Find My app.
Home app: Brings a new architecture for the Home app with improved performance to make the app “more efficient and reliable.”
Additionally, Apple’s release notes state that macOS 13.1 brings the following improvements:
- Improved search in Messages allows you to find photos based on their content, like a dog, car, person, or text
- Participant Cursors in Notes allow you to see live indicators as others make updates in a shared note
- Fixes an issue that causes some notes not to sync with iCloud after updates are made
- Fixes an issue where you may lose keyboard and mouse input in some apps and games
When will macOS Ventura 13.1 be released?
Apple released the official version to the public on December 13.
How to install the macOS Ventura 13.1 update
An internet connection is required to install the update. To install macOS Ventura 13.1:
- Click on the Apple menu and select System Settings.
- Select General in the left sidebar.
- Select Software Update in the main section of the window.
- The Mac will check online for any available updates. If the update is available, a description will appear. Click on the Update Now button to start the installation. The update will download to your Mac and the installer will run. The Mac will need to restart to complete the installation.