Monday, Jan 23, 2023, 23:00 Mac: Software

Apple Releases macOS 13.2

macOS 13 "Ventura" arrived on the market at the end of October 2022 and followed Apple's usual timetable – arriving some distance in time after the newest iOS. For this reason, the current version of iOS has already received its third update, whilst macOS' most recent version is only 13.2, as of today. The aforementioned update is already available after an unusually short beta phase. If the time that passed during Apple's Christmas break is subtracted from the software's testing period, the entire matter took place over less than a month. Thus, it's relatively clear that this newest version isn't arriving with any massive changes. The most important changes for the new system have been for users outside the US, who have now received better iCloud security thanks to new end-to-end encryption possibilities. This feature has been available to users in the US since December (see: ).

The Most Important Improvement – International iCloud Encryption
Just like in iOS 16.3, macOS now supports Apple's "Advanced Data Protection" end-to-end encryption for iCloud content. Although iCloud Backups, Photos, and messages in Apple's "cloud" have always been encrypted server-side thus far, the company's newest implementation for further encrypting its cloud service now further removes any possibility for Apple (or investigative authorities) to decrypt any data during the transition process. Some metadata is still accessible, however, Cupertino should address this matter in the future.

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Physical security keys also further serve to support device security, which can now serve as an additional log-in method. Physical security keys, often available in the form of a USB-stick accessory, are indicated for users with especially high security needs.


This update introduces Security Keys for Apple ID, and includes other enhancements and bug fixes for your Mac.

Security Keys for Apple ID allow users to strengthen the security of their account by requiring a physical security key to sign in
Fixes an issue in Freeform where some drawing strokes created with Apple Pencil or your finger may not appear on shared boards
Fixes an issue where VoiceOver may stop offering audio feedback while you are typing

Some features may not be available for all regions, or on all Apple devices. For detailed information about the security content of this update, please visit:

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT213605


Download & Installation
The easiest way to download the new update is via the system-side Software Update section in your device's System Preferences. The correct update packet will be automatically chosen, regardless of whether your device is running a copy of the most recent previous version or switching over from an even older system version. Should the update fail to appear, the most recommended antidote is patience – as not all update servers receive access to updates at the same time.

Other Updates
There are also updates to older system versions with macOS Monterey 12.6.3 also now available. The same applies to macOS 11 Big Sur, which has now received an update to version 11.7.3. Both are now available for immediate download.

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