Apple released macOS 13.3 beta 3 on March 7, 2023, to developers and beta testers. Now, users are reporting that the latest macOS beta has fixed the network file-sharing issue on compatible Macs.
In January, Apple released macOS 13.2 to everyone with Security Keys for Apple ID and patched an issue with Freeform’s drawing stokes, and Voiceover’s audio. It also includes other enhancements and bug fixes for your Mac.
macOS 13.3 will include a fix for the network file-sharing via SMB issue
File Sharing is an opt-in feature that allows users to access files on their Mac remotely or lets them share files between Macs over a local network.
However, a few users reported that network file sharing via SMB had stopped working after updating their machines to macOS 13.2 update. Even Apple Silicon Macs were affected by the bug. An affectee @Zoranm reported on Apple Community Forum:
After the update to Mac OS Ventura 13.2 none of my Macs are unable to access each others’ files. I am using iMacs, Macbook Air M2 and MacMini M1 on my network and everything was working flawlessly for years until this update (including latest additions of MBAir M2 and MMini M1).
The said, affected machines are still able to access the files on other Macs, on the same network, that have previous versions of Mac OS.
Sometimes, after turning off File Sharing and restarting the machines and turning back on File Sharing I am able to access the shared folders on internal SSD, but never on external disks. All of these external disks I’ve been using all the time shared between all of the machines.
Anyone? I reported this, presumable, bug to Apple.
As it was not a widespread issue, it took Apple almost two months to fix the issue which will be available to everyone in the upcoming update. macOS 13.3 is expected to release in the coming days, presumably with iOS 16.4 and iPadOS 16.4 updates.