Remember the old days when you had to connect a phone line to your computer to access the internet? Well, those days weren’t exactly good, and luckily technology has come a long way since then. And to reflect the modern era we live in, Apple will no longer help you set up a dial-up modem on your Mac.
Phone call with macOS Ventura is over
Apple on Wednesday released macOS Ventura beta 4 to developers, and while today’s release isn’t quite packed with new features, it does come with a very exciting change. We’re not talking about a new feature but something that has been removed from the Mac.
Looking at the internal macOS files, 9to5Mac Ensure that Apple has now removed the help articles on how to set up a dial-up modem. These articles were part of the system until the release of macOS Ventura beta 3, but they are gone for good now.
Of course, it’s been years since Apple discontinued the built-in dial-up modem in Macs, but users still have the option to buy and set up a USB modem for whatever reason. With macOS Ventura, Apple rebuilt the System Preferences app (now called System Settings) from scratch. Perhaps this explains why the company is getting rid of references to the dial.
These articles appear to users when they are searching for something using the built-in macOS Help feature. The same article that was removed from macOS Ventura is still available on the Apple website. Explains to users how to connect a Mac to the Internet using an internal or external dial-up modem.
If your modem isn’t on the list, make sure it’s connected to your Mac (either internal or external), then click the Add button at the bottom of the list. Click the interface pop-up menu, choose a modem, enter a name for the modem, and then click Create. Enter the settings provided by your ISP, such as your access phone number, username, and password.
At this point, I’m not sure many people will miss the help articles about dial-up modems anyway. But you might want to check out this other step-by-step guide from Apple:
More about macOS 13
macOS Ventura (or macOS 13) comes with many new features. The next version of the operating system improves the continuity features between iPhone and Mac, so that the iPhone can now be used as a computer webcam. Another new Continuity feature allows you to 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 traditional password.
There are many other new features such as Desk View, new game APIs, redesigned Game Center dashboard, Stage Manager and Weather app for the first time on a Mac.
The next major macOS update will be available to all users this fall. Currently, macOS Ventura is available as a beta to developers and users enrolled in the Apple Beta Software Program. Check out our complete guide on how to install macOS Ventura beta on a Mac.
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