macOS 10.15 will very likely be shown off at Apple's WWDC 2019 keynote event, which begins later today on June 3. Make sure you get all the breaking macOS 10.15 news as it's announced by checking out our guide on how to watch the WWDC 2019 live stream.
If you can't watch the video, then check out our WWDC 2019 live blog. We'll be in the audience for the event and will be reporting live as all the biggest news is revealed – while also providing our expert comment and analysis as well.
The keynote begins at at 10AM PT / 1PM ET / 6PM BST (or 2AM AEDT on Tuesday June 4 for our Australian readers), and previous years included in-depth looks at the latest version of macOS (as well as iOS for iPhones and iPads), and we expect this year to be no different.
It's also likely that Apple will announce a beta version for people to try out soon after the event. These macOS beta releases are primarily designed for developers to get their hands on an early version of macOS 10.15 to make sure their software works with the new operating system. However, home users will be able to download a public beta later on – though you should bear in mind that this version of macOS 10.15 will likely have bugs and issues due to it being an early version.
Most people will be better off waiting for the final release of macOS 10.15 later this year. We have more speculation about the official macOS 10.15 release date later in this article, and hopefully we'll find out later today more about when we can expect macOS 10.15 to launch. We'll keep updating this article with the latest breaking macOS 10.15 news, so make sure you visit here regularly to find out everything you need to know about macOS 10.15 as Apple announces it.
In anticipation of the official release, we put together everything we know so far about macOS 10.15 – including features we'd like to see and any rumors we have heard leading up to WWDC 2019. For example, surfaced screenshots show two separate apps for music and for TV shows, reinforcing rumors that iTunes will be split into four different apps – Music, Books, TV and Podcasts – with the macOS 10.15.
The current version of the operating system, macOS Mojave, has grown to be one of the best iterations of Apple’s operating system (OS) we’ve seen yet. With its system-wide Dark Mode and tools for creative professionals, it improved on nearly every aspect of macOS High Sierra. But, that leaves us wondering: what will macOS 10.15 look like?
Because we don’t have much official information to go off of at the moment, we’ll make some educated guesses based on previous macOS releases, as well as create a wish list of things we’d like to see in macOS 10.15. Be sure to keep this page bookmarked, as we’ll update it with any macOS 10.15 news or rumors that comes our way.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? The next version of macOS
- When is it out? Likely around September 2019
- What will it cost? macOS 10.15 will likely be free.
macOS 10.15 release date
Out of everything, the macOS 10.15 release date is probably the easiest to predict. For the last few years, Apple has unveiled a new version of macOS in June at WWDC and released it at the end of September.
There’s little doubt that Apple will do the same with macOS 10.15, and we’ll likely see Apple showcase the next version of the operating system at WWDC 2019 today, June 3. Still, with Apple you can never be too sure, as it has a habit of switching things up. Rest assured, we will update this article as soon as we know exactly when the new macOS will grace your Macs.
macOS 10.15 name
Whether it was Leopard, Lion, Sierra or High Sierra, macOS has always had a penchant for catchy names. We think Apple will have something clever up its sleeve for macOS 10.15, too, but we don’t quite know what the name will be.
We could see Apple making small improvements to Mojave and making a minor tweak to the name, like it did from Sierra to High Sierra or Leopard to Snow Leopard. Maybe we’ll see a Dry Mojave, or just the name of another desert. Either way, we’ll know for sure at WWDC 2019.
macOS 10.15 compatibility
Apple made waves when macOS 10.14 Mojave was the first version of macOS since Sierra to change the system requirements. Because it depended on heavier graphics performance, some older Macs were left in the dust. To run macOS 10.14 Mojave you’ll need one of the following Macs:
- MacBook (Early 2015 or newer)
- MacBook Pro (Mid 2012 or newer)
- MacBook Air (Late 2012 or newer)
- Mac mini (Late 2012 or newer)
- iMac (Late 2012 or newer)
- Mac Pro (Late 2013 or newer, or older models with Metal-compatible GPU)
- iMac Pro (2017)
Now, we’re not sure exactly what Apple is planning in terms of compatibility with older Macs. However, we’d put our money on options staying the same this time around. Apple’s macOS High Sierra really didn’t have any radical requirements compared to Sierra, and it’s highly plausible that macOS 10.15 won’t either.
macOS 10.15 confirmed features
We're still quite a while away from the likely official release date of macOS 10.15, so confirmed features that will be coming with the new operating system are thin on the ground. However, we do know some that will be coming to macOS 10.15. Plus, we’ll be learning more of them at WWDC 2019.
iOS apps in macOS 10.15
Apple has been talking a lot about cross-platform apps, which means iPhone and iPad apps will be available for Mac devices as well (and vice-versa). While macOS Mojave did bring some iOS apps, Apple is looking set to expand the feature in macOS 10.15 and iOS 13.
Apple will reportedly preview a new ‘Marzipan’ SDK on stage at WWDC. While it will initially be just for iPad apps, rumor has it that iPhone support will go live by 2020.
Apple also plans by 2021 for developers to be able to build one nifty app that will automatically work on iPhone, iPad and Macs without the need to port.
iTunes is getting split into separate apps
As previously mentioned, it looks like Apple may be planning to split iTunes up into four different apps, reflecting the software available on iOS. Rather than having books, music, video and podcasts all in the iTunes App, they’d all be split into their own dedicated software.
In fact, screenshots have already surfaced showing two separate apps for music and for TV shows, which you can see below, reinforcing those rumors.
There was hope that these new apps would be based on Apple's Marzipan tech, which will mean that the apps can run on iOS devices as well as macOS. It's emerged that the Music app, at least, will be a regular app in macOS 10.15 and based off iTunes' code.
Use an iPad as a second screen
It's widely expected that macOS 10.15 will boast a feature that enables you to send apps to external displays – including iPads. If this app does happen, you should be able to open apps on your Mac and appear them on an iPad. You could also possibly use the Apple Pencil stylus to draw on the iPad, and have it displayed on your Mac.
Word on the street is that Siri Shortcuts are also coming to macOS 10.15, which allow you to use your voice to control Siri, who can now handle multi-step instructions. This feature should make tasks more simple.
What we want to see
Although we’re generally pleased as punch with macOS 10.14 Mojave – despite some problems it’s had – we don’t believe a “perfect operating system” exists. So, we’ve thought of some features and improvements we’d like to see in macOS 10.15, whatever it ends up being called.
Bring back Cover Flow
Apple’s macOS Mojave brought the Gallery View to Finder that, while incredible in its own right, isn’t quite as fast when scrolling through images as the old Cover Flow view, which was introduced in macOS 10.5 Leopard.
The way we look at it, both of these views have their own uses. Cover Flow is just much faster, not to mention a better way to sort through large folders of images. Is it too much to ask to have both?
More iOS apps
We already know that more iOS apps are coming to the Mac in 2019, but we would like to see a lot more.
Think about how great it would be to work on a project on your iPhone when you’re on-the-go, then seamlessly continue it on your Mac when you get back to your office or home. There’s already plenty of cross-platform capabilities built into macOS Mojave – especially with that Continuity Camera is a thing. However, we’d like to see the Apple ecosystem become even more seamless.
Luckily, it looks like Apple plans to do just that. Rumors point to the Cupertino company releasing tools to help developers port iPad apps over to macOS 10.15.
May we please just cut and paste files?
Apple’s macOS Finder is largely amazing for organization, and it’s one of the main reasons why people keep paying to use Mac devices year after year. The only problem with Finder is that we still can’t cut and paste files.
Windows users have been able to do this since before we can remember, and it makes Windows users’ computing lives so much easier. It would be very convenient for us to be able to move files without dragging and dropping or pulling some Matrix-level stunts in the Terminal.