About macOS Ventura

macOS Ventura Upgrade Availability

Campus Macs will start advertising the availability of the upgrade to macOS Ventura 13 in mid-December 2022. These messages come from Apple and are not controlled by Davidson T&I.

While we have not found any showstopper issues in our testing, Ventura is still a very new OS version and may have more quirks than the average user is interested in dealing with at this point in time. Feel free to try it out or to wait before upgrading, as you prefer. We will notify you when we officially recommend the upgrade for all Davidson College Mac users.


Notes about Upgrading to macOS Ventura

This upgrade comes with all of the usual warnings and caveats - check compatibility of any crucial apps beyond the basic ones we supply; check your backups; allow plenty of time; don't do it shortly before a major deadline. In addition, if you do choose to upgrade your Davidson computer to Ventura before T&I fully recommends the upgrade, please be aware of the following:

  • The upgrade may take 30-60 minutes or more, depending on your hardware and current OS version.

  • Once the upgrade is done, the computer will seem slow and possibly run the fans (if it has them) for a while, as background upgrade tasks are completed. This will happen for a limited period of time.

  • You will need to re-allow Zoom Phone to use location services for E911 use during an emergency call. To to this, open your Zoom app, switch to the Phone tab, and click on the red location icon in the upper right of the window.

  • Other permissions may need to be granted or re-granted as applications are launched or peripherals are attached, with messages such as:
    • "FinderHelper wants to access files managed by Google Drive" or
    • "Allow accessory to connect - Do you want to connect Generic USB3.2 Hub to this Mac?"

If you encounter any other warnings, problems, or issues that you feel should be shared in this list, please contact ti@davidson.edu.

Learn more about Ventura's new features.

Updated December 13, 2022

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