What Is macOS?

MacOS 13 Ventura is the 19th major release of the Mac operating system. It's named for the California coastal city known for its beaches, surfers, and windsurfers. New continuity features and productivity tools boost Mac performance.

Additional new features include:

– Edit or delete messages sent via iMessage – Shared tab groups – Passkeys that replace passwords in Safari – iCloud shared photo library – New Clock and Weather apps – Enhanced smart folders in Notes – Spotlight improvements – Improved gaming experience – Live text for videos – Calming background sounds

macOS 12 Monterey

Named for the city of Monterey on California's rugged central coast, macOS Monterey is the 18th major release of the Mac operating system. It builds on the robust foundation of Big Sur and is loaded with enhancements. Universal Control addresses the long-awaited desire to control side-by-side Macs and iPads with a single mouse, trackpad, and keyboard.

Additional new features include:

– Digital Legacy to pass down data such as photos and videos to trusted friends or family members after you are gone – An "Erase all content and settings" feature for the Mac like the one on the iPhone – Addition of microphone and camera indicators – New iCloud Shared folder in the Finder – Low Power Mode for Bluetooth devices – A dedicated password manager in System Preferences – Shortcuts app added to the Mac

macOS 11 Big Sur

Named for the mountainous region in central California, macOS 11 Big Sur is the 17th major release of the Mac operating system. Unveiled at WWDC20, the new design of macOS Big Sur is stunningly beautiful and iOS-like familiar. Unlike Catalina, which delivered minor improvements over Mojave, macOS Big Sur embodies the most significant changes to the Apple operating system in years. One notable difference is that it allows the new M1-chip Macs to run iPad and iPhone apps directly on the Mac.

The key new features include:

– Safari is 50 percent faster than Chrome – The Control Center – Customizable widgets in the notifications menu – Supports iOS apps on M-1 chip Macs – Spacial audio support for AirPods Pro – Maps app Look Around capability – Improved group messaging in Messages