Apple's latest operating system (OS) for Macs and MacBooks, macOS Catalina, has been released, but what about its follow-up, macOS 10.16?
You can be pretty sure that Apple is already hard at work on macOS 10.16, which will likely release in 2020.
In fact, it's a pretty safe bet that the macOS 10.16 release date will be September or October 2020.
We can make that prediction based on the release date of previous versions of macOS. macOS 10.15 (Catalina), launched in October 2019, while macOS 10.14 (Mojave) launched September 2018.
So, we're still a long way off macOS 10.16's release date, but if you can't wait to find out what Apple has in store for its future operating system, this guide will gather up all the macOS 10.16 news and rumors we've found, along with a list of what we want to see in macOS 10.16.
While you wait for the launch of macOS 10.16, make sure your Mac or MacBook is running macOS Catalina. Check out our how to download macOS Catalina guide for advice.
If you're having issues, check out our macOS Catalina problems: how to fix the most common issues guide for help.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? macOS 10.16, successor to macOS 10.15 Catalina
- When is it out? Likely September or October 2020
- How much will it cost? Nothing. Apple software updates are always free
macOS 10.16 release date
We don't know the official macOS 10.16 release date, and we're unlikely to hear anything from Apple until well into 2020. Still, we can at least make a guess, and in our opinion it's very likely that the macOS 10.16 release date will be September or October 2020.
As we mentioned above, we're reasonably confident in this prediction as Apple has been sticking to a yearly release schedule for its macOS updates, with recent macOS releases happening in either September or October every year.
Going by previous macOS releases, we could see an official unveiling of macOS 10.16 at Apple's WWDC event in June 2020. WWDC (World Wide Developers Conference) is (as the name suggests), aimed at software developers, and this is where Apple usually shows off its upcoming macOS (and iOS) operating systems.
In previous years, a new version of macOS is announced, along with a rough release date. Apple also usually releases an early beta version of the software not long after, allowing developers and other brave users to test out the software and help spot any problems or bugs before the eventual release.
While this doesn't mean Apple will definitely stick to this sort of schedule for macOS 10.16, we'd be surprised if it deviated too far.
macOS 10.16 news and rumors
We've not heard any rumors about macOS 10.16 just yet, but as soon as we do we'll add them here.
When it comes to Apple rumors in general, we've been hearing a lot about a likely MacBook Pro 16-inch, which would be a larger version of Apple's iconic MacBook Pro laptops with a new and improved keyboard.
The latest rumor suggests that the MacBook Pro 16-inch could come in 2020,. If that's true, there's a change that it could come with macOS 10.16 already installed.
Even if it launches before macOS 10.16 comes out, it should be free to upgrade to macOS 10.16 when the operating system does release.
macOS 10.16: what we want to see
So, with macOS 10.16 still some time away, what would we like to see in the next version of Apple's operating system?
A stable release
The release of a new operating system can sometimes bring issues, and while Apple has certainly had more luck than Microsoft in this regard (recent Windows 10 updates have caused more problems than they've fixed), we've also seen a fair number of macOS Catalina problems since its launch as well.
People have been having issues with downloading and installing macOS Catalina, others can't use their mouse, or check emails, plus plenty more.
So, we'd love it if Apple really took its time with macOS 10.16, thoroughly testing it and making sure that it's free from as many bugs and issues as possible. Of course, a major OS update is always going to have a few issues, but we'd love it if everyone could upgrade to macOS 10.16 without worrying that it might break something.
Better AirPod support
You can use your AirPods with your Mac already, but there's plenty of scope for better AirPod support in macOS 10.16, especially with the new AirPod Pros out.
Current support is a little basic, and the setup procedure could be refined to make it even easier to connect your AirPods to your Mac, and this is something we hope Apple addresses in macOS 10.16.
Check out our guide on how to connect AirPods to a Mac to find out the current way of doing things.
An exciting new look and interface
We like the look of macOS already, but while it's tempting to argue that if it ain't broke, don't fix it, we would like Apple to be a bit more adventurous.
For all the stick we give Microsoft about its Windows 10 updates, at least it tries new things when it comes to the interface. It's slowly been tweaking the look of Windows 10 with each new release, and for the most part we like what it's done.
Maybe it's time for Apple to have a bold new vision for macOS.
Ray tracing support
We'd also love to see ray tracing support in macOS 10.16. While ray tracing is primarily associated with improving the graphics of the best PC games at the moment (and therefore not of interest to Mac owners), it's also a vital tool for creatives who want to create and render 3D scenes and animations with realistic lighting.
These creatives often rely on Macs and MacBooks, so to include ray tracing support would be a big boon to them – especially as rivals such as the Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition feature Nvidia RTX graphics chips that can handle ray tracing.
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