Just a day after Apple released the final version of macOS Ventura to all users of Macs, Apple is seeding macOS 13.1 beta to developers with a public beta expected in the next few days. macOS Ventura brings a host of new features including Continuity Camera, Stage manager, updates to iMessage, iCloud Shared Photo Library, and more. As is par for the course, Apple will be releasing a few more versions of its PC operating system until it’s time for macOS 14.
macOS 13.1 New Features
The latest developer beta for macOS 13.1 doesn’t have a lot of new additions. Most of the features Apple showcased at WWDC 2022 have been rolled out with macOS Ventura. However, there is one new feature—the Freeform app. Announced at WWDC, Freeform allows for collaborative work in macOS.
Freeform is a whiteboard app for all Apple devices—iPhone, iPad, and Mac. The app lets you work across devices and collaborate on notes, files, sketches, web links, documents, videos, photos, and audio in real-time.
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Apple is currently testing the macOS 13.1 release for developers to iron out the critical bugs. The company will then release it for public beta, which should be stable for the most part, save for a few annoying issues. After that, the operating system will be released for commercial rollout.
In all probability, Apple is yet to unveil the new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBooks sometime in November. So, we may see the new MacBooks coming with the latest macOS 13.1 update out of the box.
In case you can’t wait and need that Freeform app for work, you can sign up for the public beta that will be released in a few days. To do so, click on the Sign up button on the Public Beta Software website, and enter your Apple ID and password. Click on Enroll your Mac in the Get Started section and then click “Download the macOS Public Beta Access Utility”. Click on the package and install it. Go to Software Update in system settings to install the new update.