macOS 13: what we know so far

WWDC 2022 will take place in a month. The event marks the launch of macOS 13, the next major release of Apple’s software platform for the Mac, as well as the first new operating system after Intel’s full transition to its proprietary silicon. Scroll down as we round up all the latest rumors and expectations for macOS 13 this year, including new features, release info, and more.

When will macOS 13 be announced?

As precedent suggests, macOS 13 will be announced at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference. This year, WWDC will take place as a virtual event from June 6-10. Apple will hold a keynote address on June 6 to kick off the event, and at this keynote we expect our first look at macOS 13 , alongside iOS 16, iPadOS 16, watchOS 9, and tvOS 16.

After the announcement, Apple will test the operating system for a few months until it’s released to all users around the fall, as the company has done for the past few years. Unlike iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, and tvOS, Apple usually takes a little longer to release macOS updates to all users.

Expect all of this upcoming software to be released in September, while macOS 13 will likely be available in October or November.

What will macOS 13 be called?

As of now, macOS 13 is internally called Rome, but it doesn’t mean much to us outsiders. In recent years, Apple has named its Mac operating systems after Californian parks. In December, Parker Ortolani wrote about why the company is likely to call macOS 13 Mammoth:

Earlier we reported in June [2021] on Apple which owns the trademark for “Mammoth”. In that same report, we speculated that Apple intended to use the name “Monterey” for this year’s version of its Mac operating system, and that turned out to be true. So since Mammoth is the seemingly last remaining trademark from a California location, it’s highly likely that it’s in the running for macOS 13.

macOS 13 supported devices

Note: This is just a concept image, no real information.

Now that Apple has completed Intel’s two-year transition to its own chips, it’s likely that more Intel Macs will lose support for macOS 13.

Most likely, 2013, 2014 and 2015 Macs can be scammed. As of now, these are the Macs that currently support macOS 12 Monterey:

  • 2015 and later MacBook
  • Early 2015 and later MacBook Air
  • Early 2015 and later MacBook Pro
  • Late 2014 and later Mac mini
  • Late 2015 and later iMac
  • 2017 and later iMac Pro
  • Late 2013 and later Mac Pro
  • 2022 Mac Studio

New functions

macOS 13 will likely target Apple Silicon Macs more than ever. With deeper integration between hardware and software, macOS 13 could bring refreshed notifications, widgets all over the home screen, and improvements to Universal Control.

9to5Mac’s Take

While there are almost no rumors about macOS 13, Apple is definitely preparing a big announcement for this operating system. After years of neglect, the company has never had such a close relationship with its Mac range.

But more than releasing new features, I hope Apple can launch them as soon as possible since macOS 12 Monterey had many delayed features. Universal Control, for example, launched a few weeks ago, but is currently still in beta.

What do you hope to see in the new version of macOS? What’s at the top of your wish list? Let us know in the comments!

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