Do you remember the good old days when you had to plug a phone line into your computer to access the Internet? Well, those weren’t really good days, and luckily technology has come a long way since then. And to reflect the modern times we live in, Apple will no longer help you set up a dial-up modem on your Mac.
Dial-up is gone with macOS Ventura
Apple released beta 4 of macOS Ventura to developers on Wednesday, and while today’s release isn’t exactly packed with new features, it does come with a very interesting change. We are not talking about a new feature but rather something that has been removed from the Mac operating system.
By browsing internal macOS files, Netcost-security.fr was able to confirm that Apple has now removed the help articles for setting up a dial-up modem. These items were part of the system until macOS Ventura Beta 3, but they’re gone for good now.
Of course, it’s been years since Apple ditched the dial-up modem built into Macs, but users still had the option of buying and setting up a USB modem for whatever reason. With macOS Ventura, Apple rebuilt the System Preferences app (now called System Settings) from the ground up. This probably explains why the company is getting rid of references to dial-up access.
These articles are presented to users when they search for something using macOS’s built-in help function. The same item that was removed from macOS Ventura is still available on Apple’s website. It tells users how to connect a Mac to the Internet using an internal or external dial-up modem.
If your modem isn’t listed, make sure it’s connected to your Mac (internally or externally), then click the Add button at the bottom of the list. Click the Interface pop-up menu, choose Modem, give the modem a name, then click Create. Enter the parameters provided by your ISP, such as the access phone number, your user name and your password.
At this point, I’m not sure many people will miss the dial-up modem help articles anyway. But you might want to check out this other step-by-step guide from Apple:
Learn more about macOS 13
macOS Ventura (or macOS 13) comes with several new features. The next version of the operating system improves continuity features between iPhone and Mac, so that an iPhone can now be used as a computer webcam. Another new Continuity feature lets you transfer a FaceTime call from iPhone to Mac or vice versa.
Just like on iOS, iMessage users can finally edit and unsend messages on macOS. Mail has also been updated with options to unsend emails and Safari now supports passkeys, a new way to authenticate to apps and websites without a password. traditional.
There are plenty of other new features like Desk View, new game APIs, a redesigned Game Center dashboard, Stage Manager, and a Weather app for the first time on a Mac.
The next major macOS update will be available to all users this fall. For now, macOS Ventura is available in beta for developers and users enrolled in the Apple Beta software program. Check out our complete guide on installing macOS Ventura beta on your Mac.
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