expectations for macOS in 2022

macOS 13 expectations

In recent years, Apple has been fully engaged in the transition from Intel to Apple Silicon. We are now gradually entering the final phase of this transition process, due to the fact that Apple will increasingly focus on Macs with their own Apple chip. We saw that last year in macOS, the Mac operating system. There were features that were only available for Apple Silicon models, while it has also become easier for Apple to bring features to both iPhone, iPad and Mac. The expectations for macOS 13 are that there will be even more focus on Apple Silicon models, even though Intel users are not really left in the cold. These are our wishes and expectations for macOS 13.

Countdown to WWDC 2022

In this series of articles, we look forward to WWDC 2022 every week. On Monday, June 6, Apple kicks off this year’s WWDC, but before then, you can read the expectations for the most important announcements in this series of articles.

# 1 Improved focus and messages

iOS, iPadOS and macOS are increasingly connected. Features no longer only come to the iPhone or iPad, because as operating systems have converged in recent years, you will see improvements in system features and apps that sync between your devices. For iOS 16, improvements in messaging and focus mode are expected. There have already been indications that Focus will get new features that are not suitable for earlier versions of iOS. It would therefore only make sense if these new features also become available in macOS 13. It is not entirely clear what improvements are in question. In any case, what we would like to see is the ability to specify which apps are not allowed to send notifications under a Focus. Now it can only go the other way around.

# 2 Live subtitles during conversations

This feature has already been confirmed by Apple: With Live Captions, users of iPhone, iPad and Mac can watch live subtitles, for example during conversations via FaceTime, among others. Apple has already revealed that this feature will come to the iPhone, iPad and Mac later this year as part of new accessibility features for 2022. The unique thing about the Mac version of this feature is that you can also write back to reply. The entered messages are then sent again by voice to the other interlocutors. This feature requires a Mac with Apple Silicon, but unfortunately it will only be available in English so far.

# 3 New and improved apps

It comes as no surprise that improved apps are on the way. Updated apps are a regular part of updates for iOS, iPadOS, watchOS and also macOS. On Mac, we find this really necessary for a number of apps. For example, we find the Mail app somewhat limited, just like on the iPhone and iPad. Another Mac-specific app that needs updating is the Home app. In its current state, this app is still an exact copy of the iPad version, a so-called Catalyst app. Such apps still do not feel quite Mac-like, and we think it’s really time to change that this year. Whether that actually happens remains to be seen. We are also hoping for a new design for the iPhone and iPad versions of the Home app, so we secretly hope that Apple will take the opportunity to optimize the app for each of its devices. The Apple Watch version was already up for grabs last year, so this year the rest could just be up and running.

A new app that we would like to see is the Weather app. We already mentioned this in our preview last year, but the wish is still there. Apple can instantly beat two birds with one stone by bringing the Weather app to Mac and iPad. In our opinion, these two versions can look quite similar, with or without platform-specific designs and features.

# 4 Our wish: better backups for your Mac

Apple’s backup system for Mac has been pretty much the same for years. Although it still works fine basic, Time Machine backups are still a hassle to set up. You’ll need an external drive for it (or Apple’s older Time Capsule router). We prefer that a backup can be stored in iCloud, just like on iPhone and iPad. Much of your Mac’s content is already stored in iCloud (think photos and the Documents and Desktop folders in iCloud), but things like installed apps, settings, and other stored data are not included in an iCloud app. You still need a Time Machine backup for that, so with an external drive. If Apple wants to add this to iCloud, we may need a larger iCloud storage capacity. But that would not be bad for Apple at all, because users are more likely to opt for this larger storage capacity and therefore pay more each month for iCloud storage space.

Do you remember the old Mac Dashboard? Back in macOS Catalina, Apple stopped the Mac Dashboard, where you could place interactive widgets anywhere on the screen. Today we only find widgets in the separate widget overview, under the notifications. They are copies of the iOS and iPadOS versions with their limitations. This means that widgets may not be interactive and may not contain buttons that you can perform actions with directly without opening the corresponding app. It’s a shame that apps are so limited, simply because it puts them on par with the iPhone and iPad versions. We also want some widgets on your desktop so you do not have to open the Notification Center every time.

Customize Mac widgets.

# 6 Our wish: more comprehensive clipboard

On the Mac, Apple has the ability to embed popular features from third-party apps by default. Sidewagon is a good example of this, which is like a built-in version of the Duet Display. And Universal Control is also somewhat similar to the Logitech Flow, though Apple’s solution is much more comprehensive. We also see something similar happen with the clipboard. There are all kinds of advanced apps that allow you to consult a history of your clipboard so you can copy more links, texts, images and more and refer to it later.

We’d like to see this built-in as standard, and we think there’s still plenty of room for other developers to add even more advanced features. But if Apple builds this in by default, it will be much more accessible to more people. In this way, more people experience how useful this actually is, which in turn increases the chance that users are looking for more advanced options in third-party apps.

# 7 Possible name: macOS Mammoth

What will macOS 13 be called? In addition to the version number, Apple also always uses a separate name, such as macOS Monterey and macOS Big Sur. It may just be that Apple is choosing macOS Mammoth this year, for the name has recently been redefined. There is a chance that macOS Mammoth will therefore be the name of macOS 13, although we would not mind if Apple from now on stops with the separate naming and just selects a version number. After all, this is also the case on iOS, iPadOS, watchOS and tvOS.

# 8 Suitable devices

macOS Monterey, the current version of macOS, is suitable for a wide range of devices. From the MacBook Air from early 2015 to the latest MacBook Pro from late 2021. But we would not be surprised if more models fall off this year, especially models from 2013, 2014 and 2015. An exact list of suitable models is not yet available. , but a few models drop out almost every year. Especially now that the focus is increasingly on Apple Silicon models, Apple will make a little less effort to continue to support older Intel Macs with the latest software update for a long time to come. And if your Intel Mac gets the update for macOS 13, keep in mind that not all features will be available to you. Last year you already saw that you need an M1 Mac for some macOS Monterey features.

macOS 13 will be unveiled on Monday, June 6, 2022 during WWDC 2022. Also read our in-depth WWDC 2022 anticipation article where we look forward to all sorts of announcements. In addition to software, we also expect new products. Also read our second preview:

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