5 Things to Know About the macOS Ventura 13.4 Update
Apple’s finally pushed its macOS Ventura 13.4 update to Mac users.
macOS Ventura 13.4 is a milestone upgrade and the software brings a new batch of features and under-the-hood improvements to compatible Mac devices.
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 an older version of macOS, macOS Ventura 13.4 will deliver the features from macOS Ventura 13.3.1, macOS Ventura 13.3, macOS Ventura 13.2.1, 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 13.4 update’s performance.
macOS Ventura 13.4 Review
If your Mac is currently running macOS Ventura 13.3.1, you’ll see a fairly large download, around 1 GB. The download will be bigger if you’re jumping up from macOS Monterey or an older version of macOS.
For more on the macOS Ventura 13.4 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 13.4 update on a MacBook Pro (2017) for a short time and here’s what we’ve learned about its performance thus far:
Battery Life & Connectivity
- Battery life is stable right now. We haven’t noticed any abnormal drain.
- Wi-Fi connectivity is fast and reliable.
- Bluetooth is working normally.
- Third-party apps, including Twitter, Slack, Chrome, and Spotify, are all working properly.
- First party apps like Safari and Podcasts are also stable at the moment.
- macOS Ventura 13.4 feels fast and we haven’t noticed any UI lag.
If your Mac is struggling on macOS Ventura 13.3.1 or an older version of macOS, you might want to install macOS Ventura 13.4 on your Mac today.
We’ve put together a list of the best reasons to, and not to, install the latest version of macOS Ventura and it will help if you’re feeling leery.
macOS Ventura 13.4 Problems
macOS Ventura 13.4 went through a lengthy beta testing process, but problems have slipped through the cracks into the final release.
We haven’t noticed any major bugs or performance issues on our MacBooks yet, but some users are complaining about bugs and performance issues.
The current list of problems includes abnormal battery drain, Wi-Fi issues, Bluetooth problems, and problems with various first and third-party applications. If you run into issues with the macOS Ventura, here are a few resources that could help.
Before you get in touch with Apple’s customer support, take a look at our list of fixes for the most common macOS Ventura problems. If your Mac’s battery life is struggling, check out our fixes 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’ll probably want to schedule an appointment at your local Apple Store.
macOS Ventura 13.4 Features
Apple’s milestone updates (x.x) typically bring a mix of features and under-the-hood improvements that’s what you’ll get from macOS Ventura 13.4.
Here’s the macOS Ventura 13.4 change log:
- Sports feed in the sidebar of Apple News gives easy access to stories, scores, standings, and more, for the teams and leagues you follow.
- My Sports score and schedule cards in Apple News take you directly to game pages where you can find additional details about specific games.
- Resolves an issue where Auto Unlock with Apple Watch does not log you into your Mac.
- Fixes a Bluetooth issue where keyboards connect slowly to Mac after restarting.
- Addresses a VoiceOver issue with navigating to landmarks on webpages.
- Fixes an issue where Screen Time settings may reset or not sync across all devices.
macOS Ventura 13.4 also brings security patches to Mac and you can learn more about them over on Apple’s security site.
macOS Ventura 13.4 Downgrade
If you run into problems on macOS Ventura 13.4 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 13.4 or an older version of macOS, you’ll be on your own for a bit.
Apple’s working on a new macOS Ventura 13.5 update and the software will arrive sometime later this year ahead of macOS 14.
For more about the macOS Ventura 13.5 update, have a look at our walkthrough. For more about the macOS Ventura 13.5 release date, check out our guide.
The company will release macOS Sonoma for Mac later this year and the first beta is now available to download. For more about macOS Sonoma and its release, check out our guide.
Install macOS Ventura 13.4 for Better Security
You'll want to install macOS Ventura 13.4 in the near future if you want to better protect your Mac and the data stored on it from harm.
Apple's detailed the security patches on board macOS Ventura 13.4 and you can read more about them over on its security site.
As for older versions of macOS Ventura, macOS Ventura 13.3.1 patched up two actively exploited vulnerabilities which made it an important download. You can learn about the two patches right here.
Apple's macOS Security Response 13.3.1 (a) update also included security updates, but Apple hasn't detailed those yet and it's unclear if it will.
The macOS Ventura 13.3 update brought numerous security patches to Macs. If you want to learn more about these changes, check out Apple's guide.
macOS Ventura 13.2.1 brought four security patches to compatible Mac models. You can read more about those over on Apple's security site.
The macOS Ventura 13.2 update 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.