Apple has started rolling out a new version of macOS Ventura, also releasing iOS 16.2 and iPadOS 16.2. Based on Apple’s changelog, macOS Ventura 13.1 contains far fewer changes than iOS 16.2 or iPadOS 16.2. However, the former is the largest package size of the three, with a download size close to 2GB. Essentially, macOS Ventura 13.1 only adds the Freeform app to macOS, although Apple has bundled in some bug fixes and minor improvements as well.
As the screenshot below shows, Apple describes Freeform as an app that lets people work together on Mac, iPad, and iPhone devices. However, it’s worth remembering that Freeform creates a canvas to which files, images, and text can be added, rather than documents, spreadsheets, or presentations like Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides can. Also, Freeform remains an Apple ecosystem exclusive for now, making it useless unless one has a Mac, iPad, or iPhone.
Additionally, macOS Ventura 13.1 improves the Messages app and brings greater support for Find My accessories within the Find My app. In contrast, watchOS 9.2 adds a Race Route workout feature, which lets you compete against your previous efforts when cycling or running. Meanwhile, Apple has added Siri voice recognition with tvOS 16.2. In theory, the change allows an Apple TV to automatically change user profiles based on the voice it hears after activating Siri. Apple Music Sing is also available on tvOS 16.2 as well, though only for the latest Apple TV 4K. However, Apple Music Sing is not exclusive to tvOS, with Apple also including the feature within iOS 16.2 and iPadOS 16.2.
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