iOS 15 and macOS 12 are eagerly awaited, and we expect that to happen anytime somewhere in the coming month at the WWDC 2021 if things go as planned.

While we don’t know much about surprises Apple plans to spring on us with these two updates, we now have the first proper confirmation of iOS 15 and macOS 12’s existence thanks to Apple’s open-source WebKit.

Discovered and confirmed by 9to5Mac, this is the first time that the WebKit actually calls out the updates by the actual version numbers instead of the usual ‘TBA’ tags that Apple uses for future versions of its operating systems to hide them from prying eyes.

These mentions were added last month in fact, but as of now there’s not much else on what these two updates would offer. As pointed out by 9to5Mac though:

The macOS naming is particularly notable this year because Apple jumped from macOS 10.15 Catalina to macOS 11 Big Sur. This marked a notable change in the macOS naming conventions for the first time since the introduction of Mac OS X in 2000.

Following the introduction of macOS 11 Big Sur, many people speculated on whether Apple would cycle through the 11.0 point versions for yearly updates like it did with Mac OS X. Instead, Apple subsequently released macOS 11.1 as a minor update, indicating that macOS would switch to an update naming style similar to iOS for yearly releases.

As for WWDC where as mentioned earlier we expect Apple to announced these two updates, Apple is likely to hold the event as a virtual one given the current ongoing pandemic. In addition to iOS 15 and macOS 12, we should also be hearing about watchOS 8, and some tvOS updates as well.

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