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macOS 14: Release date, features, Mac compatibility, more

Published Feb 25th, 2023 10:33AM EST
M2 Mac mini
Image: Apple Inc.

macOS 14 is Apple’s next operating system for its Mac models. After tightening the integration between Mac and iPad with Stage Manager and the Freeform app with macOS 13 Ventura, here’s what we know about the company’s next version of macOS.

What will Apple call the next macOS?

It’s always hard to predict what Apple will call its latest macOS version. Last year, rumors suggested that Apple would call the new software macOS Mammoth, as the Cupertino firm had asked for a trademark extension of this name in 2021.

Mammoth was rumored for 2021 when Apple unveiled Monterey and again rumored in 2022. For 2023, currently, it’s unclear what Apple will call macOS 14.

macOS 14 features

how to use universal controlImage source: Apple

Unlike hardware releases, it’s difficult to know which software improvements Apple will bring to its new operating system since it’s all in-house. In January, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman said iOS 17 could have fewer features since it focuses on the company’s Mixed-Reality headset and the upcoming xrOS software. That said, this could be a mild year for macOS 14.

More likely, Apple will continue to integrate macOS and iPadOS. For the past releases, Apple made the Catalyst project for both systems, Universal Control, Stage Manager, and now the Freeform app. The Cupertino firm will probably continue to expand these features for a seamless experience.

macOS 14 release date

If Apple follows the trend, the company will unveil macOS 14 at the WWDC 2023. The conference hasn’t been announced yet, but it usually takes place in the first week of June. After that, macOS 14 will be available for developers to try out.

Around July, a public beta will be made available. If Apple follows the trend, macOS 14 should be finally released around October since it usually comes a month after the iOS software update.

Compatible Mac models

Apple Mac Studio FrontImage source: Christian de Looper for BGR

As Apple focuses on Mac models with its own silicon, we could see more Intel counterparts losing compatibility with macOS 14. Here are the Macs that currently support macOS 13 Ventura:

  • 2017 iMac and later
  • 2017 iMac Pro
  • 2018 MacBook Air and later
  • 2017 MacBook Pro and later
  • 2019 Mac Pro and later
  • 2018 Mac mini and later
  • 2017 MacBook and later
  • 2022 Mac Studio
José Adorno
José Adorno Tech News Reporter

José is a Tech News Reporter at BGR. He has previously covered Apple and iPhone news for 9to5Mac, and was a producer and web editor for Latin American broadcaster TV Globo. He is based out of Brazil.