Apple's macOS 13 Ventura redesigns the "System Settings" app

Apple previewed the macOS 13 Ventura system today. One of its new features is a redesigned System Settings that looks closer to what users find on iOS devices' Settings app.

System Settings on macOS 13 Ventura has five central points:

Updated design: System Preferences The updated design is easier to navigate and has a new name: System Settings. "System Preferences" has been the name of the app for over 20 years, but "System Settings" is the new name for the future. The redesigned Settings app is limited to macOS Ventura and will be released publicly in the fall. Additionally, this new look brings more of the iOS feel to the Mac that users have experienced since macOS Big Sur.

iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 are scheduled to release public betas in July, and developer preview betas are currently available. iOS 16, iPadOS 16, macOS Ventura, and watchOS 9 will all be publicly released this fall.

Easier Navigation: Like iPadOS, macOS 13 Ventura brings a sidebar to System Settings. It can be easily moved between different settings panes, so users can quickly configure their devices without having to dig into the view.

Organize by Category: Settings are organized by category, such as Appearance, Control Center, and Desktop. And similar categories are grouped closely together - providing greater consistency across macOS, iOS, and iPadOS.

Powerful Search: If you don't know where to find an option in System Settings, you can search for it by dragging it from the top of the window to reveal the search field. Options that match your search appear in the sidebar.

More spacious panes: With more space in each settings pane, it's easy to find the settings you want right away.

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