It’s tenuous, however the phrasing of Apple’s macOS Ventura system necessities seems to counsel that the corporate plans to launch a brand new 12-inch MacGuide within the close to future.
Near the underside of its Ventura preview, Apple has posted an inventory of Macs that may have the ability to run the brand new working system. An eagle-eyed Redditor named Posredstvennost seen (and mentioned in a brief thread) that the entry for “MacBook” is labelled “2017 and later,” regardless that the 2017 mannequin was the final one which Apple launched. There is not any “and later”… until Apple has one thing up its sleeve.
The MacGuide, which is to say the 12-inch MacGuide that Apple bought exterior of its better-known Pro and Air strains, was re-launched in March 2015, up to date in 2016 and 2017, and eventually discontinued in 2019 (there was additionally a MacGuide line from 2006 to 2012). It was a divisive machine, however some consultants are eager to see a model with Apple silicon.
Shortly after WWDC, a rumor cropped up that Apple is certainly engaged on a brand new 12-inch MacGuide, which provides a bit extra intrigue to this specific discovering.
Skeptics may counsel that whoever compiled the listing merely copied and pasted the identical phrasing for every system. Yet the iMac Pro and Mac Studio, every of which have been launched in just one version, are labelled as “2017” and “2022” respectively. There’s no “and later” for these machines.
Is this a respectable leak?
We don’t suppose so, for a number of causes.
One is that the one who wrote up the listing is unlikely to have superior data of the Macs popping out later within the 12 months. Marketing/editorial and product planning are two totally different departments, and Apple operates on a need-to-know foundation.
Another is that, even when the particular person did know, why would they select to trace at that data right here, of all locations? What do they stand to achieve? If you’re a disgruntled worker who’s determined to leak business-critical data, you ship a message to a information web site (in order for you anonymity) or put it on social media (in order for you notoriety). You don’t go away clues embedded in advertising and marketing pages just like the Riddler.
What’s occurred right here, nearly definitely, is that somebody has used carelessly ambiguous phrasing with out realising what it implies.
Now, right here’s the twist. Like the proverbial stopped clock, the ‘leak’ may nonetheless be correct. There are certainly rumors that Apple plans to launch a brand new model of the 12-inch MacGuide; Bloomberg thinks one is coming in late 2023 or early 2024.
So we would get our super-portable Apple silicon laptop computer in any case. Just don’t anticipate to see it introduced within the system necessities part of a macOS replace.