Major Apple macOS Refresh Not Expected This Year
Early reports about the next macOS operating system for MacBooks and iMacs suggest Apple will deliver another relatively minor software update this year.
Pike’s Universum reported the next version will be macOS 10.13, following on from 13 previous iterations of macOS 10 software (previously known as ‘Mac OS X’ and ‘OS X’) instead of shifting to macOS 11.
New versions of macOS, as well as iOS, are typically announced by Apple at WWDC in early June, but some developers receive access to pre-release software earlier.
Apple has reportedly shifted its primary focus from macOS to iOS in recent years, reflecting the 10-12% of revenue Mac computers make up for the company compared to a massive 60% or more for the iPhone.
In December last year, Bloomberg reported Apple had reorganised its software engineering department, leaving macOS without a dedicated team. All of the software engineers now work as part of a single team and are “iOS first” according to Bloomberg.
In response, Apple CEO Tim Cook reassured employees that it was not abandoning the Mac.
“If there’s any doubt about that with our teams, let me be very clear: we have great desktops in our roadmap. Nobody should worry about that,” Cook said in an internal memo.