macOS Ventura Tidbits: Redesigned “About This Mac”, New Game Controller Menu, Background Sounds, and More

Apple yesterday released the first macOS Ventura beta to developers for testing, and early adopters are starting to see smaller changes in the update. We’ve rounded up some of the more notable macOS Ventura tidbits we’ve uncovered below.

“About This Mac” reimagined

Apple has simplified the About This Mac window on macOS Ventura. The window still lists a Mac’s processor type, amount of memory, serial number, and version of macOS installed, but all other system information has been migrated to the System Settings app, which is a redesigned version. and renamed from the old System Preferences app. .

About This Mac macOS Ventura
Clicking the “More Info” button at the bottom of About This Mac opens the General System Settings menu, which itself contains a “System Report” button that leads to a more advanced hardware overview, software, networking a Mac, etc. .

Game controller menu

Speaking of system settings, there’s a new in-app game controller menu to manage game controllers connected to a Mac. The menu lets macOS Ventura users map a controller’s buttons and thumbsticks to a Mac’s keyboard, adjust haptic feedback levels, create profiles with presets for multiple controllers, and more.

macOS Ventura game controllers menu
macOS Ventura offers newly added support for some of the most popular racing wheels, pedals and shifters for use in Mac racing games, including Logitech’s G920 and G29 racing wheels, according to the developers’ website from Apple. Apple also says macOS Ventura supports many additional Bluetooth and USB game controllers, with users finding this includes the Nintendo Switch’s Joy-Cons and Pro Controller.

background noise

macOS Ventura brings pre-installed background sounds to the Mac. Apple says this feature allows soothing sounds, such as the ocean or rain, to mask unwanted environmental noise and minimize distractions. The background sound feature was first released on the iPhone and iPad with the release of iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 last year.

macOS Ventura background sound
Background sounds on the Mac can be enabled in the System Settings app under Accessibility > Audio. From this menu, you can choose which background sound to play, adjust the background sound volume separately from the system volume, and optionally turn off background sounds when your Mac is in sleep or screen saver mode.

Other features and information

  • macOS Ventura adds Clock and Weather apps to the Mac.
  • In the Photos app, hidden and recently deleted albums are now locked by default and can be unlocked using your Mac’s password or Touch ID.
  • Playlists have improved sorting options in the Music app.
  • Siri has received a slight overhaul with a focus on simplicity and “more targeted” results.

macOS Ventura will be available to all users in the fall, probably around October. Apple has announced that a public beta version will be available from July.

Image sources: MacRumors forums and Reddit

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