Apple today submitted the first beta version of macOS Ventura 13.1 to its public beta testing group, allowing non-developers to test new features before the software is released. The public beta version comes a day after Apple provided the beta version to developers.


Public beta testers can download the macOS 13.1 Ventura update from the Software Update section of the System Preferences app after installing the appropriate profile from Apple’s beta software website.

‌macOS Ventura‌ 13.1 introduces the Freeform app, which Apple has designed for creative collaboration. The app can be used to brainstorm, plan ideas, take notes, and more. Users can insert drawings, sticky notes, shapes, text boxes, photos, videos, PDFs, links, and other documents, with Freeform as their blank canvas.

Free-form “boards” can be shared with others and discussed over FaceTime, with updates from all participants synced with everyone in real time.

The update also introduces support for an updated Home app architecture that improves the performance of smart home devices.

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