MacOS Catalina might be released this week

MacOS Catalina

We’re closing in on the Catalina version of MacOS.


The next version of Apple’s MacOS, called Catalina, might be right around the corner. Apple previously revealed that MacOS Catalina would come out in October, but hasn’t offered up a specific release date. On Sept. 26, the company’s MacOS site for Denmark briefly suggested we could get the update by this Friday.

An Apple Arcade promo on the Danish language site for MacOS Catalina, spotted earlier by MacRumors, said the subscription gaming service will be available in the App Store on Oct. 4. “Exceptional gameplay. Find it in the App Store from October 4,” read a translation. The site has since been updated and now says Apple Arcade will be available for MacOS in October.

Apple Arcade is already available for iOS devices but is coming to Macs as part of the MacOS Catalina update in October. If Apple Arcade really is available for Macs on Oct. 4, that suggests the Catalina update will arrive on or before that date.  

Apple didn’t respond to a request for comment. 

Apple’s MacOS and OS X updates generally come out on a Monday or Tuesday. The last time a MacOS update came out on a Friday was Snow Leopard in 2009, according to MacRumors. It’s unclear whether the Oct. 4 date on Apple’s Denmark site was an early slip or just an error. 

This year’s annual Mac update has a renewed focus on services. With the update, Apple will replace the iTunes app with three separate apps: Apple Music, Apple Podcasts and Apple TV. The update will also let Mac users run iPad apps they can download through the Mac App Store, and use an iPad as a second screen.

Originally published Sept. 27. 
Update, Sept 30: Adds more background on the MacOS Catalina update. 

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