5 Things to Know About the macOS Ventura 13.2.1 Update
Apple’s pushed a new macOS Ventura 13.2.1 update to Mac users and the software brings important security enhancements to Mac devices.
macOS Ventura 13.2.1 is a point upgrade and it’s a smaller release than the company’s previous version of macOS Ventura, macOS Ventura 13.2. It’s focused on security and it doesn’t bring any outward facing features to Macs.
If you’re still lingering on macOS Monterey or an older version of macOS, this is the version of macOS Ventura you’ll see if you decide to move your Mac to Apple’s latest operating system.
If you’re moving up from macOS Monterey or older, macOS Ventura 13.2.1 will deliver the features from macOS Ventura 13.2, macOS Ventura 13.1, macOS Ventura 13.0.1, and macOS Ventura 13.0.
With that in mind, we want to take you through everything there you need to know about Apple’s latest macOS Ventura update for Mac.
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We’ll start out with some quick impressions about macOS Ventura 13.2.1 update’s performance.
macOS Ventura 13.2.1 Review
If your Mac is currently running macOS Ventura 13.2, you’ll see a fairly large download. The download will be even bigger if you’re jumping up from macOS Monterey or an older version of macOS.
For more on the macOS Ventura 13.2.1 download and installation, take a look at our guide. It’ll walk you through everything you need to know.
We’ve been using the macOS Ventura 13.2.1 update on a MacBook Pro (2017) for several days now and here’s what we’ve learned about its performance thus far:
- Battery life is stable right now.
- Wi-Fi connectivity is fast and reliable.
- Bluetooth is working normally.
- Third-party apps including Twitter, Slack, Mail, Chrome, and Spotify are working fine.
- First party apps like Safari and Podcasts are also stable at the moment.
- macOS Ventura 13.2.1 feels fast, we haven’t noticed abnormal amounts of UI lag.
If your Mac is struggling on macOS Ventura 13.2 or an older version of macOS, you might want to install macOS Ventura 13.2.1 on your device(s) today.
We’ve put together a list of the best reasons to, and not to, install the latest version of macOS Ventura and it’s worth a look if you need help deciding.
macOS Ventura 13.2.1 Problems
Apple tested macOS Ventura 13.2.1 behind the scenes, but the software is causing problems for some Mac users.
We haven’t noticed any major bugs or performance issues yet, but some Mac users are complaining about various bugs and performance issues.
The current list of problems includes issues with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Touch ID, various first and third-party applications, and a abnormal battery drain.
If you run into issues with Apple’s latest macOS Ventura software, here are a few resources that could help fix whatever is ailing your computer.
Before you get in touch with Apple support, take a look at our list of fixes for the most common macOS Ventura problems. If your Mac’s battery life has taken a hit, take a look at our solutions for macOS Ventura battery life problems.
If you can’t find what you’re looking for in our guides, head over to Apple’s discussion forums. If the users there can’t help you, you might want to get in touch with Apple Support via Twitter or with customer support via Apple’s website.
If you still can’t fix your issue(s), you might want to schedule an appointment at your local Apple Store.
macOS Ventura 13.2.1 Update: What’s New
macOS Ventura 13.2.1 is a point upgrade (x.x.x) and it brings four security patches to Macs. You can read more about those over on Apple’s security site.
Again, if you are moving up from software older than macOS Ventura 13.2.1, your macOS Ventura 13.2.1 update will be more substantial because it will bring features and fixes from the software updates you skipped.
macOS Ventura 13.2.1 Downgrade
If you run into problems on macOS Ventura 13.2.1 you can try moving your Mac’s software back to an older version if you think it could help.
If you’re interested in moving back to older software, have a look at our downgrade guide. It will help you get familiar with the process and make the move back.
If your Mac is struggling on macOS Ventura 13.2.1 or an older version of macOS, help is on the way.
Apple’s confirmed a new macOS Ventura 13.3 update and the software is currently in beta testing ahead of a release later this year. We expect it to arrive in March or April.
For more about the macOS Ventura 13.3 update and the beta, have a look at our walkthrough. For more about the macOS Ventura 13.3 release date, check out our guide.
Install macOS Ventura 13.2.1 for Better Security
You'll want to install macOS Ventura 13.2.1 in the near future if you want to better protect your device and the data stored on it from harm.
macOS Ventura 13.2.1 brings four security patches to compatible Mac models. You can read more about those over on Apple's security site.
As for older versions of macOS Ventura, macOS Ventura 13.2 brought 25 security patches to Mac devices. You can read about those right here.
In addition, the software came with support for physical security keys for Apple ID. These will beef up your account security by requiring a physical security key as part of the two factor authentication sign in process. Learn more about the change right here.
macOS Ventura 13.1 delivered 35 security patches and it also brought upgrades to Advanced Data Protection for iCloud.
macOS Ventura 13.0.1 brought two security patches and the first version of macOS Ventura, macOS Ventura 13.0, had a ton of patches on board.