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macOS Ventura release date: When does it come out?

macOS Ventura boasts lots of exciting new features. And you’ll definitely want to download the latest macOS version when the time comes.

macos ventura on macbook pro on a purple background
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When Apple originally announced its plans for macOS Ventura in June at WWDC 2022, its release date was still up in the air. The only hint the company gave us was that it would launch sometime in the fall.

macOS Ventura is the company’s newest operating system designed for its Mac lineup. Developers and users have been testing it since the summer, and a final version of the OS will be released soon.

Thankfully, Apple is almost ready to unleash the latest OS to the world. But when exactly does macOS Ventura come out?

macos venture stage manager feature
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When will macOS Ventura launch?

Short Answer: October 24.

Alongside its new iPad and Apple TV launch, the company recently announced macOS Ventura would release to the public on October 24.

When the update is available, Apple should notify your machine that it’s ready for an update. But if it doesn’t, you can always force the update too.

What time will macOS Ventura release?

Short Answer: Around 10 AM PT

Typically, Apple releases its major macOS updates around 10 AM PT. That means 11 AM MT and 1 PM ET.

How to upgrade your Mac to macOS Ventura

Before you update your macOS, it’s a good idea to do a Time Machine backup of your Mac. Once that is complete, follow along below.

Click on the Apple icon at the top left cornerscreenshot of mac desktop showing the apple icon
Select System Preferencesscreenshot of mac desktop showing the link to system preferences from the apple menu
Click on Software Updatescreenshot of mac system preferences with an arrow pointing at the software update icon
If you have an update, you’ll see one of two messages

Update Now

This installs updates to the installed version of macOS, like macOS Big Sur 11 to macOS Big Sur 11.0.1screenshot of mac software update menu

Upgrade Now

This installs the next major version of macOS, like macOS Venturascreenshot of mac software update screen
While you’re here, check the box next to Automatically keep my Mac up to datescreenshot of mac software update with an arrow pointing to the automatic updates checkbox

macOS updates take some time to complete, so make sure you have an open window in your schedule to download and install the update.

Which Macs will get Ventura?

macOS Ventura will be available only for Macs released in 2017 or later. Unfortunately, older models will not support Ventura, particularly between 2013 and 2016.

What are all the new features coming to macOS Ventura?

macos ventura stage manager
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macOS Ventura promises a slew of new features and improvements. Here’s a quick breakdown of some of the new things to expect:

macOS Ventura boasts lots of exciting new features. And you’ll definitely want to download the latest version when the time comes to gain access to everything.

Thankfully, you won’t have to wait long because now we know macOS Ventura’s release date will fall on October 24.

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Kevin is KnowTechie's founder and executive editor. With over 15 years of blogging experience in the tech industry, Kevin has transformed what was once a passion project into a full-blown tech news publication. Shoot him an email at kevin@knowtechie.com or find him on Mastodon or Post.

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