Apple today released the second beta of the highly anticipated macOS Ventura 13.1 update to developers for testing purposes, with the beta release two weeks after Apple released the first beta of macOS Ventura 13.1.


Registered developers can download the trial version through the Apple Developer Center and after installing the appropriate profile, the trial will be available through the software update mechanism in the system settings.

With macOS Ventura‌ 13.1, Apple launched the Freeform app, which aims for creative collaboration. It can be used for brainstorming, idea planning, idea jotting, drawing and other creative purposes.

Users can insert graphics, sticky notes, shapes, text boxes, images, videos, PDFs, links, and other documents, while using the freeform as a blank canvas. Freeform “boards” can be shared with other people and discussed over FaceTime, with updates from all participants synced to everyone else in real time.

macOS Ventura‌ 13.1 also brings support for an updated Home Apps architecture that improves the performance of smart home devices, with these features also available in iOS 16.2 and iPadOS 16.2.

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