Macktez Security Updates: macOS Monterey 12.6.1 and Ventura 13

(Last updated 10/31/2022)
Apple released a couple very important updates this week, and we’re reaching out today to provide information and guidance around those. The Team here at Macktez is working hard to keep your computers up to date and secure while maintaining reliable access to the softwares that help your business operate smoothly with minimal downtime. As such, we take a conservative approach to major upgrades so we can evaluate any issues, and move forward only when we are confident they are stable.

It is recommended that the Monterey 12.6.1 update be installed, and instructions for doing that are below.

Macktez advises against a Ventura upgrade at this time, because of major security revisions and some third party software incompatibilities that have yet to be addressed. For clients who subscribe to Workstation Management, Macktez will approve and release the Monterey 12.6.1 security update and delay (temporarily block) the Ventura upgrade. For clients who are not enrolled in the management toolset, caution should be taken regarding Ventura at this time.

If computers are currently running Monterey or Big Sur (or an older OS), here are some tips for updating those systems to the latest version without applying the major Ventura upgrade:

– Go to the  Apple menu in the upper left corner and select “System Preferences”
– Choose “Software Update”
– Under the Ventura banner, find ‘Other updates are available’, and click on the tiny blue text under that that says “More Info.”
– In the window that appears, select all items and click “Install now.” Note that the computer will restart, and the full update may cause downtime for an hour or so.

If you’re curious, you can find Apple’s release notes on these updates by clicking the links below.
macOS Monterey 12.6.1
macOS Ventura 13

If you have questions or run into any problems, please email