macOS 13: What we know so far

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The Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), Apple’s annual developer and software-oriented conference, is a week away. We’ve heard very little about macOS 13 before its announcement this year, so we might be in for some big surprises when it arrives on June 6. Here’s what we know so far about the next version of Apple’s Mac operating system.

MacOS 13 Text Mockup

macOS 13 name?

Every year at WWDC, a question on the minds of many Mac fans is what Apple will choose as the name of the next version of macOS. The tradition dates back to the beginning of Mac OS X with its big cat names, and then in 2013 Apple switched to California-themed names with the introduction of OS X Mavericks.

In the first few days after the launch of OS X Mavericks, we discovered a total of more than 20 California-themed trademark applications filed by various limited liability companies, which were almost certainly shell companies created by Apple to hide their identities .

Over time, some trademarks such as Yosemite, Sierra, Mojave, and Monterey were used by Apple for its major updates to the Mac operating system, while nearly all other trademarked applications have been removed, such as Rincon, Redwood, Pacific and Horizon.

Vishal Trademark


Besides the mammoth, that is. Mammoth is probably related to Mammoth Lakes and Mammoth Mountain, a popular skiing and hiking area in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The name saw its trademark application in March 2019, and has since been granted use period extension requests five times, most recently in November 2021. It appears that Apple may announce the macOS 13 mammoth at WWDC next week.

compatibility

With Apple nearly completing its two-year Mac transition from Intel to Apple silicon, the company’s future macOS development is now strongly focused on getting the most performance and efficiency out of its custom-designed processors.

MBP Function in macOS Monterey


That said, Apple needs to ensure that macOS continues to support Intel-powered Macs for a few years, so it’s possible that macOS 13 will support a range of macOS that supports macOS Monterey:
  • iMac: Late 2015 and later
  • iMac Pro – 2017 and later
  • MacBook Air: Early 2015 and newer
  • MacBook Pro: Early 2015 and later
  • Mac Pro: Late 2013 and later
  • Mac Mini: Late 2014 and later
  • MacBook: Early 2016 and newer

It’s worth bearing in mind that macOS 12 has many features that are only available for machines with Apple silicon chips, so it’s very likely that macOS 13 will be the same thing.

Rumor new features

good communicator bloomberg Journalist Mark Gurman has claimed that macOS 13 will come with revised System Preferences to bring it in line with the Settings app on the iPhone and iPad, which includes individual settings organized by apps.

system Preferences


Gurman also thinks we’ll see redesigns for other default apps, bringing updates to Mail, Notes, Reminders, Podcasts, Safari, Messages, Music and more in contention.

Otherwise, macOS 13 rumors from reliable sources have been few and far between. Some have interpreted this as a sign that Apple is spending more time optimizing macOS code and fixing bugs for its latest Apple Silicon Macs, but until the company demonstrates a new version of its operating system. Until then, we won’t know for sure. At next week’s WWDC.

Other Possible Features

Last year, macOS Monterey shared a number of new innovations with iOS 15 and iPadOS 15, including new features in Messages and FaceTime, SharePlay, Live Text and Visual Lookup with a dedicated Shortcuts app for Mac.

On that basis, what can we conclude from this year’s iOS 16 rumors? Really, not much. In years past, the first versions of iOS were leaked, giving us an idea of ​​what to expect. That’s not the case this year, and we only have a few details on what could be included in iOS 16.

MacOS Monterey MBP Message Hero


According to Gurman, the Messages app in iOS 16 is likely to get “more social network-like functionality, especially around audio messages,” so it could make its way to the Messages app for macOS 13.

Apple is planning major improvements to the iOS lock screen, including wallpapers that have “widget-like capabilities.” Lock screen improvements are likely to be exclusive to the iPhone and iPad, but there is room for better Mac widgets. Widgets in macOS currently reside in the slide-out Notification Center, but some users may want widgets with more flexibility, such as the ability to move them around on the desktop or view them permanently.

monterey music app


It is also said that Apple is developing an alternative Apple Music iOS app dedicated to classical music. Whether this will also be a separate app on macOS or will be part of a (some say much needed) Music app overhaul is currently unknown.

release date

Apple typically previews its next-generation Mac operating system during its annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, Calif., in early June, and releases the first developer beta shortly after the event. iOS 16, iPadOS 16, watchOS 9 and tvOS 16 are expected to launch in September, followed by macOS 13 in October.

What do you want to see in macOS 13?

What new features or improvements would you like to see in the next version of Apple’s Mac operating system? Tell us in the comments.

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