macOS Ventura Expected to Launch in Final Week of October With Support for Next 14-Inch and 16-Inch MacBook Pro

Apple plans to release macOS Ventura alongside iPadOS 16 during the week of October 24, according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman. In his latest newsletter, Gurman said the first version of macOS Ventura adds support for new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models, which are expected to be released in the "near future."

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The new MacBook Pro models will be available with M2 Pro and M2 Max chip options, but other changes will be minimal, according to Gurman.

While he expects new iPad Pro models with the M2 chip to be announced in "a matter of days," Gurman said the new MacBook Pros are unlikely to be released alongside the next iPad Pro. Instead, he said the new MacBook Pros are "on track to launch in the near future" and noted that Apple has often launched new Macs in November, such as the original 16-inch MacBook Pro in 2019 and the first Macs with the M1 chip in 2020.

Gurman reiterated that Apple is working on an updated Mac mini with an M2 chip. Apple last updated the Mac mini with the M1 chip in 2020, and it continues to sell higher-priced Intel configurations with Core i5 and Core i7 processor options.

Apple still has no plans to hold an October event this year, according to Gurman:

Apple has traditionally ushered in its late fall iPad and Mac updates with splashy events, but this year's rollout will be more subdued. Apple will launch the products on its website without the kind of gathering we saw in September with the iPhone 14's debut.

My belief is that Apple has eschewed another event because of the fairly ordinary nature of the announcements. It's a slew of updates that amount to spec bumps or seen-before designs. Another factor: Apple is probably saving its marketing energy for the Reality Pro headset debut next year.

Apple's software engineering chief Craig Federighi and marketing chief Greg Joswiak are set to speak at the WSJ Tech Live event on the evening of October 25. It's likely that Federighi and Joswiak will discuss macOS Ventura and iPadOS 16 — hopefully including the controversy surrounding the new Stage Manager feature.

iOS 16.1 will likely launch alongside iPadOS 16.1 and macOS Ventura with many new features for the iPhone, including Live Activities in third-party apps.

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MacFan782040 Avatar
21 months ago
Things people are asking for:

-Mac Pro
-Larger screen iMac
-An affordable 32” display
-Ventura and iOS 16 without bugs
-Final Cut Pro updates
-AppleTV remote with find my

Things people aren’t asking for:
-M2 iPad
-Yearly chip updates
Score: 26 Votes (Like | Disagree)
4743913 Avatar
21 months ago
I can't wait to try Ventura after you guys beta test it until Oct 2023 when they release next years macOS update.
Score: 24 Votes (Like | Disagree)
CheesePuff Avatar
21 months ago
I picked up the base model 16" M1 Pro for $800 off MSRP a couple weeks ago, so even if a new model is announced later this month if its only a small bump in CPU performance and nothing else I'd say it was still a hell of a deal
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Mr. Dee Avatar
21 months ago
I feel like we are reaching a peak with all of Apple's product line. Looking back products like the PowerMac G4 QuickSilver in 2001, the Mac, was a 17 year old product at that time. And in some ways, it felt like there was still more untapped potential. We were going into this era of the Mac/PC as a hub. But the iPhone, iPad and the Mac all seem like they are hitting a wall. The iPod certainly reached its own after 20 years.

Its truly hard to say what more really to expect from these products. Because we've been doing pretty much the same thing we did on them nearly 30 years ago, 40 if you go back to the original Apple II and IBM PC. Sure, there have been insane progress: graphical user interface, performance and mobility, communication and networking (5G), artificial intelligence (Siri, Google), video and audio. But a lot of that was in some ways inevitable.

The Apple Watch is another one I forgot to mention. I hope in 10 years, maybe the Watch can do things like tell you when you are sick and contagious and advise you to stay home and get medicine.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Apple Knowledge Navigator Avatar
21 months ago
My guess: the new Mac Pro will be unveiled alongside the ‘AR’ headset as the platform to develop for it.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JosephAW Avatar
21 months ago
It's a shame Apple didn't maintain a LTS MacOS like Mojave for the next ten years to keep getting security updates.

I'll give this one thing to Microsoft, you can run windows 10 on old machines to new machines, you're not forced to buy new hardware to get new security updates.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)