macOS 13: what we know so far

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

When will macOS 13 be announced?

As the precedent indicates, 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 on June 6 to kick off the event, and it’s during this keynote that we expect to receive 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 until it’s released for all users sometime in the fall, as the company has been doing for the past few years. Unlike iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, and tvOS, Apple generally takes a little longer to release macOS updates for all users.

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, internally, macOS 13 is called Rome, but that doesn’t mean much to us outsiders. Over the past few years, Apple has named its Mac operating systems with California parks. In December, Parker Ortolani explained why the company is likely to call macOS 13 Mammoth:

We already reported in June [2021] on Apple owning the “Mammoth” trademark. In that same report, we speculated that Apple was planning to use the “Monterey” name for this year’s version of its Mac operating system and it turned out to be true. So, with Mammoth apparently the last remaining commercial brand from a California location, it’s highly likely to be in contention for macOS 13.

Devices supported by macOS 13

Note: This is a conceptual image only, not actual information.

As Apple has completed 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, 2013, 2014, and 2015 Macs could be ripped off. For now, here are the Macs that currently support macOS 12 Monterey:

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

New features

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 anywhere on the home screen, and improvements for Universal Control.

The 9to5Mac 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 on better terms with its Mac lineup.

But more than releasing new features, I hope Apple can launch them as soon as possible because macOS 12 Monterey had a lot of delayed features. Universal Control, for example, launched a few weeks ago, but it’s still currently 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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