Apple’s pushed a new macOS Ventura 13.5.1 update to Mac users.
macOS Ventura 13.5.1 is a small point upgrade. It doesn’t have any known features or security patches on board, but it does bring a bug fix 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 most up-to-date operating system.
If you’re moving up from macOS Monterey or an older version of macOS, macOS Ventura 13.5.1 will deliver the features from macOS 13.5, macOS Ventura 13.4.1, macOS Ventura 13.4, 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 all of 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 13.5.1 update’s performance.
macOS Ventura 13.5.1 Review
If your Mac is currently on macOS Ventura 13.5, you’ll see a fairly small download, around 475MB. After the download, the installation should take around 10 or so minutes to finish up.
For more on the macOS Ventura 13.5.1 download and installation, take a look at our guide. It’ll walk you through everything you need to know about the download and install time.
We’ve been using the macOS Ventura 13.5.1 update on a MacBook Pro (2017) for several days now and here’s what we’ve learned about its performance thus far:
Battery Life & Connectivity
- Battery life is stable, we haven’t noticed any abnormal drain.
- Wi-Fi connectivity is fast and reliable.
- Bluetooth is working normally.
- Third-party apps, including Slack, Chrome, and Spotify, are all working fine.
- First party apps like Safari and Podcasts are also stable at the moment.
- macOS Ventura 13.5.1 feels fast and we haven’t noticed any UI lag.
If your Mac is struggling on macOS Ventura 13.5 or an older version of macOS, you might want to install macOS Ventura 13.5.1 right now.
If you’re feeling a bit leery, we’ve put together a list of the best reasons to, and not to, install the latest version of macOS Ventura today.
macOS Ventura 13.5.1 Problems
The macOS Ventura 13.5.1 update went through testing behind the scenes, but it’s causing problems for some Mac users in the early going.
The current list of problems includes Wi-Fi issues, abnormal battery drain, Bluetooth problems, and problems with various first and third-party applications. We expect the list to grow as more people download the software.
If you run into issues with the macOS Ventura 13.5.1 update, here are a few resources that could help.
Have 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 13.5.1 Features
Apple’s point updates (x.x.x) typically focus on patching up lingering issues and that’s exactly what the macOS Ventura 13.5.1 update’s focus is.
Apple says macOS Ventura 13.5.1 fixes an issue in System Settings that prevents location permissions from appearing. If this has been an issue for you, download the firmware right now.
macOS Ventura 13.5.1 Downgrade
If you run into problems on macOS Ventura 13.5.1 you can try moving your Mac’s software back to an older version of macOS 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.
If your Mac is struggling on macOS Ventura 13.5.1, or an older version of macOS, you’ll be on your own for a bit longer.
Apple’s working on a new macOS Ventura 13.6 update and the software will arrive sometime later this year.
The company will also release macOS Sonoma for Mac this fall, probably in September or October, and the beta is available if you want to give it a try before the stable release.
For more about macOS Sonoma and its release date, check out our guide.
Install macOS Ventura 13.6 for Better Security
Apple's new macOS Ventura 13.6 update has a trio of security patches on board. If you're interested in the particulars, check out the company's security site.
As for older updates, macOS Ventura 13.5.2 brought one security patch with it and it was an important one. If you want more information about the fix, head over to Apple.
macOS Ventura 13.5 brought 29 security patches to Mac, making it an extremely important upgrade. To learn more about these patches, head over to Apple's website.
macOS Ventura 13.4.1 had two essential security patches on board. If you want to learn more about them, head on over to Apple's website.
Apple's macOS Security Response 13.4.1 (c) update also included a security update and you can learn more about it right here.
macOS Ventura 13.4 had numerous security updates on board and you can read more about them on Apple's security site.
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.
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.
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