macOS 13: what we know so far

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

Name macOS 13?

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

In the first few days after the launch of OS X Mavericks, we discovered a total of over 20 California-themed trademark applications filed by various LLCs that were almost certain to be shell companies created by Apple to hide his identity.

Over time, some of the trademarks like Yosemite, Sierra, Mojave, and Monterey have indeed been used by Apple for its major Mac operating system updates, while trademark applications for almost all other names have been discontinued, such as Rincon, Redwood, Pacific, and Skyline.

mammoth brand name

Apart from Mammoth, of course. Mammoth is likely related to Mammoth Lakes and Mammoth Mountain, a popular area for skiing and hiking in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The name had its trademark application granted in March 2019, and since then applications for term extensions have been approved five times, with the most recent being in November 2021. This would seem to suggest that Apple might announce macOS 13 Mammoth at WWDC next week. .


While Apple has nearly completed its two-year Mac transition from Intel to Apple Silicon, the company’s future macOS development is now firmly focused on optimizing the performance and efficiency of its processors. custom designed.

macOS Monterey on MBP functionality

That said, Apple needs to make sure that macOS continues to support Intel-powered Macs for a few more years, so it’s possible that macOS 13 will be compatible with a range of Macs similar to that supported by macOS Monterey:

  • ‌iMac‌ – Late 2015 and later
  • iMac‌ Pro – 2017 and later
  • ‌MacBook Air‌ – Early 2015 and Later
  • MacBook Pro – Early 2015 and later
  • Mac Pro – Late 2013 and later
  • Mac mini – Late 2014 and later
  • MacBook – Early 2016 and later

It’s worth bearing in mind that several features of macOS 12 are only available for machines powered by Apple silicon chips, so chances are macOS 13 is the same.

Rumored New Features

Well connected Bloomberg Journalist Mark Gurman claimed that macOS 13 will come with an overhaul of System Preferences to bring it more in line with the Settings app on iPhone and iPad, including individual settings organized by app.

system preferences

Gurman also thinks we’ll see redesigns for other default apps, which brings clashing updates for Mail, Notes, Reminders, Podcasts, Safari, Messages, Music, and more.

Otherwise, macOS 13 rumors from reliable sources have been scarce. Some have interpreted this as an indication that Apple has spent more time optimizing the macOS code for its latest Apple Silicon Macs and fixing bugs, but we won’t know for sure until the company presents the new version of its long-running operating system at WWDC next week.

Other possible features

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

Based on this, what can we learn from this year’s iOS 16 rumors? In truth, not many. In previous years, we’ve had leaks of early versions of iOS, which gives us a pretty good idea of ​​what to expect. That’s not the case this year, and we only have a few details about what might be included in iOS 16.

macos monterey mbp hero messages

According to Gurman, the Messages app in iOS 16 is likely to get “more social networking-like features, especially around audio messages,” which could make its way into the Messages app for macOS 13.

Apple is also rumored to be planning major improvements to the iOS lock screen, including wallpapers with “widget-like capabilities.” Lock screen improvements are likely to be exclusive to iPhone and iPad, but there is room for improvement in Mac widgets. Widgets in macOS currently live in the sliding Notification Center, but some users are looking for widgets with more flexibility, like the ability to move them around the desktop or keep them in view all the time.

monterey music app

Apple is also reportedly developing an optional dedicated Apple Music iOS app for classical music. It’s currently unknown if this would also be a separate app in macOS or if it was part of a (some say much-needed) redesign of the music app.

Release date

Apple typically showcases its next-generation operating system for Mac at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, Calif., in early June, and releases the first developer betas shortly after the event. iOS 16, iPadOS 16, watchOS 9, and tvOS 16 will likely release 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? Let us know in the comments.