Apple Seeds Fourth Beta of macOS Ventura 13.1 to Developers [Update: Public Beta Available]

Apple today seeded the fourth beta of an upcoming macOS Ventura 13.1 update to developers for testing purposes, with the beta launching two weeks after Apple seeded the third macOS Ventura 13.1 beta.

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Registered developers can download the beta through the Apple Developer Center and after the appropriate profile is installed, the beta will be available through the Software Update mechanism in System Settings.

With ‌macOS Ventura‌ 13.1, Apple has debuted the Freeform app, which is aimed at creative collaboration. It can be used for brainstorming, planning out ideas, jotting down thoughts, sketching, and other creative purposes.

Users can insert drawings, sticky notes, shapes, text boxes, photos, videos, PDFs, links, and other documents, with Freeform serving as a blank canvas. Freeform "boards" can be shared with other people and discussed over FaceTime, with updates from all participants synced to everyone in real-time.

‌macOS Ventura‌ 13.1 also introduces support for an updated Home app architecture that improves performance for smart home devices, with these features also available in iOS 16.2 and iPadOS 16.2.

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Realityck Avatar
8 weeks ago
[SPOILER="macOS Ventura 13.1 Beta 4 Release Notes"]
[HEADING=2]Endpoint Security[/HEADING]
[HEADING=3]Known Issues[/HEADING]

* Third-party security products using the Endpoint Security API might lose Full Disk Access authorization and stop functioning, even though the product remains visible in System Settings. This issue doesn’t affect authorization granted via MDM. (100857507)
Workaround: Go to System Settings > Privacy & Security > Full Disk Access, select the security product, use the minus (-) button to remove, and then use the plus (+) button to re-add the affected security product. A system restart might be required to restore expected functionality.

[HEADING=2]Freeform[/HEADING]
[HEADING=3]Resolved in macOS Ventura 13.1 beta 4[/HEADING]

* Fixed: Inserting a sticky or a file might result in an unexpected error. (100883621)

[HEADING=2]Game Controller[/HEADING]
[HEADING=3]Resolved in macOS Ventura 13.1 beta 4[/HEADING]

* Fixed: GCKeyboard and GCMouse APIs might stop reporting events when the system experiences memory pressure, which can cause lost input in some games and other applications. (100736897)

[HEADING=2]SwiftUI[/HEADING]
[HEADING=3]Resolved in macOS Ventura 13.1 beta 4[/HEADING]

* SwiftUI apps defined with a MenuBarExtra primary scene and a WindowGroup or Window auxiliary scene will no longer show a window for the auxiliary scene when launched. (97671037)

[HEADING=2]SwiftUI Navigation[/HEADING]
[HEADING=3]Resolved in macOS Ventura 13.1 beta 4[/HEADING]

* NavigationStack on macOS supports animated transitions. Either pass the path argument to NavigationStack with an animated binding ($path.binding), or mutate the path within a withAnimation body. The transition modifier now has an effect on pushed destinations. (95714581)

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Realityck Avatar
8 weeks ago
This should be the last beta, before the RC next week.
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Realityck Avatar
8 weeks ago
released today

* iOS 16.2 beta 4 (20C5058d) - December 1, 2022
* iPadOS 16.2 beta 4 (20C5058d) - December 1, 2022
* macOS 13.1 beta 4 (22C5059b) - December 1, 2022
* watchOS 9.2 beta 4 (20S5357b) - December 1, 2022
* tvOS 16.2 beta 4 (20K5357b) - December 1, 2022

OTA is available. 1.99 GB (M1 Mac)
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MauiPa Avatar
8 weeks ago

How stable is it? I’d love to upgrade, but Apple’s software quality is just so bad nowadays and I can’t risk my creative workflow for a bunch of nice-to-have features.
LOL, not even close. I have been using Ventura throughout developer beta, and seriously no issues. Sure you read about a small bug here and there, but nothing as bad as Windows. I'd never go back. Very pleased with Ventura, even the betas are uber stable
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Realityck Avatar
8 weeks ago

Not gonna update. New system prefs is a disaster. It does not make sense to mimick ios.
You can use the pull down menu under view to see an alphabetical list view in Mac System Settings rather then look for things nestled in the groupings of the system settings window.

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Realityck Avatar
8 weeks ago

How stable is it? I’d love to upgrade, but Apple’s software quality is just so bad nowadays and I can’t risk my creative workflow for a bunch of nice-to-have features.
I have no issues with my personal usage with two AS Macs. Safari with beta 3 rarely needed empty memory cache, just once observed over the last 2 weeks. It should be based on what software you are using. Everything I use with latest updates is OK. These MacOS betas have installed fairly fast.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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