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The latest version of Apple's macOS is macOS 13.0 Ventura, which was released on October 24, 2022. You can install it from System Preferences > Software Update.

The latest version of macOS is macOS 13.0 Ventura, which Apple released on October 24, 2022. Apple releases a new major version roughly once every year. These upgrades are free and are available in the Mac App Store.

The Latest Version Is macOS 13.0 Ventura

Apple’s newest Mac operating system is macOS 13.0, also known as macOS Ventura. This is the eighteenth major release of the Mac operating system.

macOS 13.0 Ventura drops support for some Macs that ran macOS 12.0 Monterey. Here’s how to tell if your Mac can run Ventura.

Ventura includes Stage Manager for organizing your open windows, the ability to use an iPhone as a webcam, a more powerful Mail app, new features in Messages, and more. Here’s an overview of the new features in Ventura.

How to Check if You Have the Latest Version

To see which version of macOS you have installed, click the Apple menu icon at the top left corner of your screen, and then select the “About This Mac” command.

The name and version number of your Mac’s operating system appears on the “Overview” tab in the About This Mac window. If you see “macOS Ventura” and version “13.0”, you have Ventura, As long as it starts with “13.”, you have Ventura installed.

In the screenshot below, we have version 10.14 of macOS Mojave installed. For example, if it says you have macOS Mojave version “10.14.1” installed, this means you have Mojave with the “.1” update installed. These smaller updates contain security patches and other fixes. They appear as updates in the Software Update pane.

The Overview pane in the About This Mac window.

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How to Update to the Latest Version

If you don’t yet have macOS Ventura installed, you can easily update to it from System Preferences > System Update. You can also open the Mac App Store and look for Ventura.

Click the “Download” or “Get” button on the macOS Ventura page to download Ventura and install it on your Mac. The operating system is several gigabytes in size so it may take a while. The installer will automatically open after the download is finished. Click through it to install Ventura on your Mac.

Note: We highly recommend backing up your Mac with Time Machine (or however you back up) before upgrading your operating system. The upgrade should leave everything in place, but it’s always better to play it safe just in case.

Apple only supports the most recent three versions of macOS with security updates, so you have to upgrade regularly to ensure you have the latest security patches.

RELATED: Which Releases of macOS Are Supported With Security Updates?

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