macOS 13: What we know so far

WWDC 2022 is 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 own processor. Keep going below as we round up the latest rumors and expectations for macOS 13 this year, including new features, release info, and more.

When will macOS 13 be announced?

As per the precedent, macOS 13 will be announced at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference. This year the WWDC will take place as a virtual event from June 6th to 10th. Apple will be delivering a keynote to kick off the event on June 6, and during that keynote we’re expecting our first look at macOS 13, alongside iOS 16, iPadOS 16, watchOS 9, and tvOS 16.

Following the announcement, Apple will test the operating system for a few months before releasing it to all users in the fall, as the company has been doing for the past few years. Unlike iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, and tvOS, Apple typically takes a little longer to release macOS updates to everyone.

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

What will macOS 13 be called?

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

We already reported on this in June [2021] about Apple, which owns the trademark for “Mammut”. In the same report, we speculated that Apple was planning to use the name “Monterey” for this year’s version of its Mac operating system, and that turned out to be true. So with Mammoth seemingly the last remaining trademark of a California location, there’s a good chance it’s in the running for macOS 13.

Devices supported by macOS 13

Note: This is just a concept image, not real information.

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

Most likely, Macs from 2013, 2014 and 2015 could be ripped off. As of now, here are the Macs that currently support macOS 12 Monterey:

  • MacBooks from 2015
  • Early 2015 and later MacBook Air
  • Early 2015 and later MacBook Pro
  • Mac mini Late 2014 and later
  • Late 2015 and later iMac
  • 2017 and newer iMac Pro
  • Late 2013 and later Mac Pro
  • 2022 MacStudio

New properties

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

9to5Mac’s take

Although rumors about macOS 13 are almost non-existent, Apple is certainly preparing a big announcement for this operating system. After years of neglect, the company has never been more at home with its Mac lineup.

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

What are you hoping for from the new version of macOS? What’s at the top of your wish list? Let us know in the comments!


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