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Apple will no longer assist you in setting up a dial-up modem on your Mac.

Apple released macOS Ventura beta 4 to developers on Wednesday, and while it isn’t exactly jam-packed with new features, it does include one very interesting change. We’re not discussing a new feature here, but rather one that has been removed from the Mac operating system.

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Looking through the internal macOS files, 9to5Mac has confirmed that Apple has now removed the help articles for setting up a dial-up modem. These articles were present in the system until macOS Ventura beta 3, but they are no longer available.

Of course, Apple discontinued the built-in dial-up modem in Macs years ago, but users could still buy and set up a USB modem for whatever reason. Apple rebuilt the System Preferences app (now called System Settings) from the ground up in macOS Ventura. This explains why the company is removing references to dial-up.

These articles are displayed to users when they use the built-in macOS Help feature to search for something. Apple’s website still has the same article that was removed from macOS Ventura. It demonstrates how to connect a Mac to the internet via an internal or external dial-up modem.

macOS Ventura (or macOS 13) includes a number of new features. The next version of the operating system improves the compatibility between iPhone and Mac, allowing an iPhone to be used as a computer webcam. Another new feature is the ability to transfer a FaceTime call from an iPhone to a Mac and vice versa.

iMessage users on macOS can now edit and unsend messages, just like on iOS. Mail has also been updated with the ability to unsend emails, and Safari now supports passkeys, a new method of authenticating to apps and websites that does not require a traditional password.

Many other new features include Desk View, new gaming APIs, a redesigned Game Center dashboard, Stage Manager, and, for the first time on a Mac, a Weather app.

This fall, the next major update to macOS will be available to all users. For the time being, macOS Ventura is only available as a beta to developers and users registered in Apple’s Beta Software Program. Check out our complete guide to installing macOS Ventura beta on your Mac.

Apple has a reputation for discontinuing support for technology that it deems obsolete long before other platforms do: floppy discs, USB-A ports, Intel chips (ba dum tss). But every now and then, a feature clings to life for longer than expected, and we’re all surprised to learn that the Mac still did it.

The “that” in this case are macOS help files for dial-up modems. According to 9to5Mac, the fourth developer beta for macOS Ventura will no longer include help files for the old method of connecting to the internet and online services. This does not preclude the use of a dial-up modem—the sound you hear in old 90s movies when people need to check their AOL mail. You can still connect a USB modem, and Apple has support documents available online. Why get rid of these system help files, which don’t take up much space?

It’s safe to say that no one will miss these help files, but if you’re curious, you can see the dial-up modem documentation for yourself on the Mac if you haven’t upgraded to the macOS Ventura beta. In the Finder, click Help in the menu bar and type “dialup” into the Search field. “Connect your Mac to the internet using a dial-up modem,” “Change advanced dial-up modem options on Mac,” and “Troubleshoot dial-up modem problems on Mac” are among the results.

macOS Ventura (or macOS 13) includes a number of new features. The subsequent version of the operating system improves the continuity options between iPhone and Mac, allowing an iPhone to be used as a computer webcam. Another new feature is the ability to switch a FaceTime name from an iPhone to a Mac or vice versa.

Customers using iMessage on macOS can now edit and unsend messages in the same way they can on iOS. Mail has also been updated with the ability to unsend emails, and Safari now supports passkeys, a new way to authenticate to apps and websites without a traditional password.

There are numerous new options available, including Desk View, new gaming APIs, a redesigned Game Center dashboard, Stage Manager, and a Weather app for the first time on a Mac.

The next major update to macOS will be available to all customers this fall. For the time being, macOS Ventura is only available as a beta for developers and customers who have registered with Apple’s Beta Software Program. Check out our complete guide to installing macOS Ventura beta on your Mac.

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. Select Modem from the Interface pop-up menu, give the modem a name, and then click Create. Enter the settings supplied by your ISP, such because the entry telephone quantity, your username and your password.

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