Based on a wave of recent reports, Apple is gearing up to release new Macs at its WWDC keynote on June 5. Now it seems that Apple itself has leaked confirmation that new Macs are indeed coming soon.
As noted by developer Nicolas Álvarez, who poked around the code of the Find My app configuration file, there are three new identifiers for unknown Macs: Mac14,8; Mac14,13; and Mac14,14. Because they’re new, we don’t know which Macs those IDs are associated with, since Apple uses generic “Mac” modifiers for both desktops and laptops. However, Álvarez points out that these Macs have the “left behind” notification disabled, which Apple does with desktop Macs.
Every Mac has an identifier that Apple uses for system items such as the Find My configuration file. For example, the current MacStudio code is Mac13.1 (M1 Max) and Mac13.2 (M1 Ultra), and the current 13-inch MacBook Air is Mac14.2. (You can look up your Mac’s identifier by opening the System Information app in applications > Utilities. You can also use MacTracker to look up identifiers and specifications for Macs you don’t have handy.
Since these new codes appear to be for desktop Macs, we can speculate on what they could be. Apple released the M2 and M2 Pro Mac minis (Mac14.3 and Mac14.12 respectively) in January, so we can rule out those models. The M1 iMac has been out for two years and is due for an update, but Apple is rumored to be waiting to upgrade it with an M3 later this year. (In case you’re wondering, the iMac’s codes are iMac21.2 and iMac21.1.)
That leaves two desktop Macs currently in Apple’s lineup in need of an update: the Mac Pro and Mac Studio. We’ve been waiting for a Mac Pro update, and WWDC seems like a good time to release it, but reports have wavered on the release date. It could be the Mac14.8 ID, even though this code doesn’t follow the pattern of the current MacPro, which has an ID of MacPro7.1. (However, Apple has changed its identification since 2019 when the Mac Pro was released.)
That leaves codes Mac14,13 and Mac 14,14, which could be the M2 Max and M2 Ultra Mac Studio. It’s been a year since the Mac Studio was released, so an update could be on the way, even though Apple’s Mac update cycle is closer to an 18- to 24-month timeline. However, Apple may want to remove all M1 chips from its lineup as soon as possible to avoid confusion.
Many reports have said that a 15-inch MacBook Air will almost certainly be released at WWDC. Álvarez didn’t report an identifier for laptops, but that doesn’t mean we won’t be getting one any time soon.