It's Fall here on the top of the globe, which means that temps are getting cooler, pumpkin seems to be in everything, and apples are in season. And of course, Apple is about to drop another new upgrade to macOS: Ventura. We've been testing the new OS over the summer, and I'm pleased to report that CCC is ready to protect your data before and after you apply this upgrade – we added official Ventura support to CCC 6.1.3, which we posted back in September.
Every year we make a handful of changes to CCC to support changes that Apple makes in the new OS. We have a mixed bag this year, and I wanted to point out just a couple things that work a little differently. Overall, the changes are pretty bland, which means this article will not be very exciting. So to spice things up, I added a recipe for Pumpkin Spice Muffins at the bottom.
System Preferences → System Settings
The name change seems innocuous, but the changes that Apple made to this application are really significant. Initially I was really flustered with the new layout. I finally gave up and accepted that I'll just have to use the search bar to find things. Apple was always meddling with the order of items in System Preferences, though, and I recall feeling disoriented every year in this application. Now that I've accepted using the Search feature, I think I'm actually a bit faster at using it.
Apple introduced new privacy settings in macOS Mojave, and they've been tweaking them in every OS release. These settings have been pretty annoying for developers and users alike. Apple doesn't offer a programmatic interface for the "Full Disk Access" controls, so the best we can do is coach users through the procedure. Normally that works fine, but it was still multiple steps, and users could take a wrong turn at any of those steps.
I'm delighted to report that Apple made a modicum of improvement to this process in Ventura. They finally dropped the padlock paradigm, so pre-authentication is no longer required to unlock the settings in the Privacy panel. As a result, the procedure for granting Full Disk access to CCC and its helper tool on Ventura is now one step! When you start dragging CCC's "privacy fish", CCC will open the System Settings application and reveal the Full Disk Access controls, ready for the drop. At that point you're prompted to authenticate, and then you're done. Progress!
Yeah, "login items" – you can imagine how exciting my summer was 😉. In Ventura, Apple deprecated an older mechanism for adding login items, and replaced it with a new mechanism. Normally I don't immediately adopt brand-new features like this (because it makes it more complicated to support multiple OSes with one... Read More