In a recent announcement on Tuesday, Apple made the RC (Release Candidate) build of macOS Ventura 13.4 available to developers and public beta testers. This release coincided with the availability of iOS 16.5 RC and several other software updates. Apple is now launching an updated RC build specifically for macOS Ventura 13.4, which will soon be accessible to testers who are already running the initial RC build.

Typically, an RC or Release Candidate build is distributed to developers a few days before its official public release. This phase aims to identify and rectify any significant software bugs or issues. Presumably, Apple decided to release a new build to address bugs discovered in the previous version, ensuring a smoother user experience before the software is made widely available.

The build number assigned to the RC 1 release is 22F62, while the RC 2 build is labeled as 22F63.

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Notable Enhancements in macOS Ventura 13.4

Among the significant changes introduced in macOS Ventura, 13.4 is implementing a new beta installation system previously introduced in iOS 16.4. As part of this system, users must now provide an Apple ID to view and download beta software updates. macOS Ventura verifies the linked account to ensure it is associated with either a developer or a user enrolled in the public beta program. Once verified, the system displays the available beta updates for the respective program. Consequently, regular users will no longer be able to install beta versions intended solely for developers.

Detailed Release Notes for macOS 13.4

The macOS Ventura 13.4 update offers several noteworthy improvements, as outlined below:

  1. The Apple News sidebar now features a sports feed, providing users convenient access to stories, scores, standings, and other relevant information about their favorite teams and leagues. Furthermore, My sports scores and schedule cards in Apple News directly redirect users to the game pages, offering more detailed information about specific matches.
  2. Addresses an issue where the Apple Watch auto-unlock feature fails to function correctly when attempting to unlock a Mac.
  3. Resolves a Bluetooth problem that causes keyboards to connect slowly to a Mac after a system restart.
  4. Fixes an issue VoiceOver users encounter when navigating webpages and accessing landmarks.
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It is important to note that these updates may not sync across all devices seamlessly.

Accessibility and Public Availability

Apple has confirmed that macOS Ventura 13.4, iOS 16.5, and other software updates will be accessible to the general public starting next week.

Have you noticed any changes in the latest software updates? Let us know your thoughts and observations in the comments section below, or share them on Twitter. Stay tuned to our platform for a comprehensive review of the new releases as we bring you detailed insights throughout the week.


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