Now that we have the iPhone 15 with us and are digesting all the new features of these new devices, attention shifts to the Mac. We know when iOS 17, iPadOS 17, tvOS 17, and watchOS 10 will be released, but when will macOS Sonoma be released?
Some clues of an early arrival
In previous years, major versions of macOS were released in October or November to prevent the update’s content from revealing details about the new Macs before their release. This was the case with macOS Ventura, for example, which was released on October 24, Monterey on the 25th, or Big Sur on November 12th.
This year, however, with the October event hanging in the balance, according to rumors, the situation is different. As pointed out by @iSWUpdates, the seventh beta of macOS Sonoma released to developers last week has a build number ending in “a.” By comparison, last year’s macOS Ventura’s seventh beta ended in “f.” A build number ending with a letter earlier in the alphabet is often indicative that beta testing is closer to completion.
Although these facts do not guarantee anything for macOS Sonoma, the possibility that the new Mac operating system will arrive earlier than expected was officially confirmed by Apple during the iPhone 15 presentation event. The Cupertino company confirmed that it will be on September 26 when we will have the new operating system ready for our Macs.
macOS Ventura went through eleven beta versions and a Release Candidate before its public release. In contrast, macOS Sonoma has only seen seven beta versions so far. Having said all this, the truth is that the stability of this new operating system has been very striking since the first version and that it makes perfect sense that it will be in a few weeks that we can enjoy the biggest update that comes to our Macs every year.