macOS

macOS 13 Ventura Release Date

Apple's newest macOS Ventura is being released on October 24, 2022 along with iOS 16.1 and iPad OS 16.  Ventura has many new and expanded features including Stage Manager, Continuity Camera, Handoff expands to Facebook, SharePlay works in Messages, Mail has had a significant upgrade, Shared Tabs in Safari, Live Text, Metal 3 and much more.

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Unfortunately, many of the new macOS features will only work on the newer Macs. If you are wondering if your Mac can run macOS Ventura, here is the list of Macs capable of doing so:

  • MacBook models from 2017 or later
  • MacBook Air models from 2018 or later
  • MacBook Pro models from 2017 or later
  • Mac mini models from 2018 or later
  • iMac models from 2017 or later
  • iMac Pro (all models)
  • Mac Pro models from 2019 or later
  • Mac Studio (all models)

If you do not see your Mac on the previous list, it means that some Macs previously supported by Monterey (which should be supported for two more years) will not be able to run Ventura. This is how long Apple will support Macs. These models are as follows:

  • Mac (models from 2015)
  • MacBook Air (models from 2015 and 2017 models)
  • MacBook Pro (2015 and 2016 models)
  • Mac mini (2014 models)
  • Mac Pro (2013 model: cylinder/trash can)
  • MacBook (2016 model)

macOS Big Sur 11.7

Apple also released macOS Big Sur 11.7 for the purpose of patching security vulnerabilities in the operating system and Safari 16 for both Monterey and Big Sur. There has been no update for Catalina, which may be an indication that Apple will no longer be supporting it.

macOS Catalina

macOS Catalina (macOS 10.15) is here for the Mac; if you are not already aware, this macOS will kill any 32-bits apps you may have installed on your computer. Apple has been working with developers over the past few years to transition from 32-bit to 64-bit hardware and software technology for the Mac. 

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Mojave macOS and the transition to 64-bit technology

macOS Mojave was released Monday, Sept 24th and it is amazing. I have been waiting for a very long time for a "dark mode" because I must admit, my eyes need relief since I spend many hours a day on the computer working and gaming.

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List of macOS Versions

  • OS X 10 beta: Kodiak - 13 Sep 2000
  • OS X 10.0.0-4: Cheetah - 24 Mar 2001
  • OS X 10.1.0-5: Puma - 25 Sep 2001
  • OS X 10.2.0-8: Jaguar - 24 Aug 2002
  • OS X 10.3.0-9 Panther (Pinot) - 24 Oct 2003
  • OS X 10.4.0-3 Tiger (Merlot) - 29 Apr 2005
  • OS X 10.4.4-11 Tiger (Chardonnay) - 10 Jan 2006
  • OS X 10.5.0-8 Leopard (Chablis) - 26 Oct 2007
  • OS X 10.6.0-8 Snow Leopard - 28 Aug 2009
  • OS X 10.7.0-5 Lion (Barolo) - 20 Jul 2011
  • OS X 10.8.0-5 Mountain Lion (Zinfandel) - 25 Jul 2012
  • OS X 10.9.0-5 Mavericks (Cabernet) - 22 Oct 2013
  • OS X 10.10.0-5: Yosemite (Syrah) - 16 Oct 2014
  • OS X 10.11.0-6: El Capitan (Gala) - 30 Sep 2015
  • macOS 10.12.6: Sierra (Fuji) - 20 Sep 2016
  • macOS 10.13.6: High Sierra (Lobo) - 25 Sep 2017
  • macOS 10.14.6: Mojave (Liberty) - 24 Sep 2018
  • macOS 10.15.7: Catalina (Jazz) - 7 Oct 2019
  • macOS 11.4: Big Sur (10.16) - 12 Nov 2020
  • macOS 12: Monterey - 25 Oct 2021
  • macOS 12.6: Monterey - 12 Sept 2022
  • macOS 13.0.1: Ventura - 09 Nov 2022