Apple Seeds Release Candidate Version of macOS Ventura 13.1 to Developers

Apple today seeded the release candidate version of an upcoming macOS Ventura 13.1 update to developers for testing purposes, with the beta launching less than a week after Apple seeded the fourth 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.

The latest macOS 13.1 update introduces Advanced Data Protection for iCloud, which adds end-to-end encryption for ‌iCloud‌ Backup, Notes, Photos, iCloud Drive, Reminders, Voice Memos, and more. The new encryption functionality is available across all platforms and will be introduced in the U.S. with the launch of iOS 16.2, iPadOS 16.2, and macOS 13.1.

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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Top Rated Comments

Spotlighter9 Avatar
19 months ago
So does 13.1 do anything at all to address the reportedly abysmal new "system settings"? ..Asking for a friend..LOL!
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Realityck Avatar
19 months ago

So does 13.1 do anything at all to address the reportedly abysmal new "system settings"? ..Asking for a friend..LOL!
If you bring up system settings, the view pulldown menu offers 40 shortcuts that you can go to immediate without scrolling or looking inside nestled hierarchy. Image courtesy 9to5Mac

Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
BanjoDudeAhoy Avatar
19 months ago

Good that you verified it. The iOS/IPadOS RC and tvOS RC were available 2+ hours ago.
Haha, I even scrolled through here to see if it was mentioned and completely missed your post ?

Btw, I appreciate how you’re always posting the release notes and build numbers and all. Super useful!
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
tywebb13 Avatar
19 months ago
Build number is 22C65

Also release candidates for Monterey 12.6.2 build 21G320 and Big Sur 11.7.2 build 20G1020
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Hushhh Avatar
19 months ago

So does 13.1 do anything at all to address the reportedly abysmal new "system settings"? ..Asking for a friend..LOL!
They removed the ability to hide 'login items' and its grinding my gears. There use to be a 'Hide' checkbox but instead of fixing the functionality, they've started removing features.?
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
gank41 Avatar
19 months ago

Is Freeform going to sync with eventual iPadOS/iOS versions of the same app?
Yes! Earlier I started messing around on my iPhone while the app was open on my iPad, and changes were syncing across almost instantly. Was pretty cool. I can see this being very helpful, especially with teams of people collaborating.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)