Wednesday, Jan 13, 2021, 15:47 Mac: Software

Exclusive: Testing of macOS 12 Has Begun

It's most likely going take half a year from now until the official announcement of macOS 11 Big Sur's successor, but it's looking more and more as if macOS is going to be an important subject of the WWDC (World Wide Developers Conference) in 2021. It's certain that Apple plans to change the version number for the next release of macOS. After the release of macOS 10.15, macOS 11 was released and not macOS 10.16. Now, it's macOS 12's turn. The first maintenance update to macOS Big Sur was version number 11.1 – with update 11.1 Apple set a standard where large updates increased the current version number by 1 decimal. A wild version of macOS 12 was spotted by us this week. On January 11th, we at Synium Software found indications of references to macOS 12, thanks to our apps and services position in Apple's "heavy rotation" for testing unreleased versions of macOS.

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Open Testing Beginning Later Than Usual
The time of this first sighting differs considerably from previous years. Usually, open testing of a pending major release would begin in between the middle of November and December. In macOS 10.15's case, a sighting occurred 14 months before the releaase of a developer version. macOS10.12, 10.13, and 10.14 were all spotted prowling the wilds in the late fall. However, none of this indicates a delayed release of macOS 12, as no one knows yet how long the OS will be tested for.

Still No Indication of New Features
There still aren't any reports of new features in macOS 12. The secrecy involved in Apple's development of their operating systems means that such information is normally only leaked shortly before the official release.

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