macOS 13 Overview Updated May 5, 2022

macOS 13: New features, compatibility, release date

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December 2021 - May 2022


macOS 13 is Mac’s upcoming operating system. As Apple just finished its two years-transition from Intel to its chips, the next version of macOS will likely focus even more on the M1 Macs with a wide array of exclusive features. Here’s everything we know so far about Apple’s future macOS update.

What Apple will call macOS 13?

macOS 13 Mammoth

As you may know, the Mac operating system is the only one to receive a proper name. Last year’s macOS was called Monterey, while the year before was Big Sur. If Apple follows the trend, 9to5Mac has reasons to believe the next operating system will be called Mammoth.

As of now, internally, macOS 13 is called Rome, but it doesn’t mean much for us outsiders. Over these past years, Apple has been naming its Mac operating systems with California parks. In December, Parker Ortolani wrote about why the company is likely to call macOS 13 Mammoth:

We previously reported in June [2021] on Apple owning the trademark for “Mammoth.” In that 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 being the seemingly last remaining trademark of a location in California, it’s highly likely that it is in the running for macOS 13.

You can read his full report here.

New features in macOS 13

As of now, it’s unclear what features macOS 13 will bring. As macOS Big Sur brought an overall change to the look of the Mac, one can hope that the new macOS at least keeps the Mac running smoother than ever, while taking advantage of the new Apple chips.

With the end of the transition from Intel to its own chips, it’s likely that Apple will bring more exclusive features to its M-series Macs.

Device compatibility

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

As Apple is set to finish its two years-transition from Intel to its own chips in 2022, it’s likely that more Intel Macs stop losing 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:

  • 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

Release date: When will macOS 13 come out?

macOS 13 will likely be announced on June 6, during WWDC 2022’s keynote. The event will be online, although some students and developers will be able to attend the keynote in person at Apple Park.

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

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

macOS 13 feature requests

For the upcoming macOS, 9to5Mac Parker Ortolani has a few ideas about what Apple should add in this future update. He believes Apple should redefine the Mac experience with a redesigned desktop and a handful of new apps such as Front Row, Clips, a new platform for Weather, and more.

You can read his full concept here.

macOS 13 Stories May 7

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 the Mac, as also the first new operating system after the complete transition from Intel to its own silicon. Head below as we recap all of the latest rumors and expectations for macOS 13 this year, including new features, release info, and more.

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macOS 13 Stories April 5

Apple has officially announced the dates for its annual WWDC event and keynote. This year, the event will take place entirely virtually from June 6 through June 10. This year at WWDC, we expect Apple to announce the future of its operating systems including iOS 16, watchOS 9, and macOS 13. Head below for all of the details on WWDC 2022.

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macOS 13 Stories December 9, 2021

Apple was recently granted a trademark extension for the name “Mammoth” in the computer operating system category, hinting at a possible name for next year’s release of macOS. The trademark extension was approved on November 16 according to filings. Apple’s “Mammoth” trademark is owned by the shell corporation Yosemite Research LLC.

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