In less than a month, WWDC 2022 will take place. Apple’s next major software architecture for the Mac, macOS 13, will be released at the ceremony. It will also be the first new operating system since the company switched from Intel to its own technology.
After macOS 12 Monterey and the 14-inch and 16-inch versions of the MacBook Pro came out in 2021, people are getting more excited about macOS 13.
Following the release, Apple will evaluate the OS for many months before releasing it to all customers in the autumn, as it has in previous years.
The final draft of macOS 13 is expected to be released in October 2022. MacOS Monterey was launched on Monday, October 25th, in 2021, so imagine a similar timeline in 2022 – our bet is on Monday, October 24th.
As for the identity, we anticipate it to be called after a California monument or region, as seems to be the case since Mavericks debuted in 2013.
Parker Ortolani wrote in December on why Apple is likely to call macOS 13 Mammoth. The name of the update is a reference to a place in California called Mammoth Lakes. It’s close to Monterey and Big Sur, which suggests that it will be a bigger update to macOS than last year’s.
With Apple already on its path to replacing Intel, it’ll only be a question of time before macOS runs only on Apple’s M1 and higher processors.
For the time being, macOS 13 is anticipated to support Intel Macs. As a least, we anticipate the next update to support the these Macs:
- 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
Because the aesthetic of macOS Big Sur was so distinct from earlier versions, it’s no shock that the graphical changes in macOS Monterey were minor. We don’t believe there will be any more significant modifications to the user interface design in 2022.
Despite speculations about macOS 13 are few, Apple is undoubtedly planning a major surprise for this OS.