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Three new Mac model identifiers were recently added to a Find My configuration file on Apple's backend, as discovered by Nicolás Álvarez (via @aaronp613).

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The new identifiers are Mac14,8, Mac14,13, and Mac14,14, and they appear in a list alongside Mac14,3 and Mac14,12, the identifiers for the latest M2 and M2 Pro Mac mini models. The list in Apple's configuration file relates to overriding "separation monitoring," which suggests these could be desktop Mac models that do not need to be actively tracked via Find My for separation from the user as portable Macs do.


Exactly what these new Mac models are is unclear, as Apple has recently shifted from using more specific model identifiers like "MacBookAir10,1" to generic "Mac"-based ones that can apply to any member of the family. The most imminent desktop Mac update we're expecting is the Mac Pro, although Bloomberg's Mark Gurman believes it won't be ready to launch at WWDC in June.

Gurman also believes the Mac Studio will not see an update until high-end members of M3 chip family are ready, and that seems unlikely until perhaps early 2024. With the Mac mini having just been updated in January, the only other apparent possibility for a desktop Mac update is the iMac, but that too isn't expected to be updated until M3 chips are available in the latter part of this year at the soonest.

It is also unclear just how many product lines these three new model identifiers represent. As seen with the Mac mini and other recent Macs, models with multiple chip options can have several identifiers, so it's possible these new identifiers could represent three variants of a single product, or something like two variants of one product and a single variant of a second product.

We'll likely hear more about the potential for Mac updates as we get closer to WWDC, but for now it appears the most likely Mac launch expected at the event is a new 15-inch MacBook Air, not a desktop Mac.

Article Link: Three Unreleased Mac Models Appear in Apple's Find My Configuration File
 
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I just learned that the M2 Mac Minis got different model identifiers than the previous M1. Why they switched from MacMini9,1 to Mac14,12, when the Mac Studio is Mac13,1 and Mac13,2, I'll never know, but it just reminds me of the old models for early Power Macs/iMacs and PowerBooks/iBooks. They used PowerMac for both iMacs and Power Macs, and PowerBook for both iBooks and PowerBooks. Confusing.
 

Colstan

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Can’t believe we have to get through half of April and a full month of May to see these new Macs. 😖
If rumors are correct, then we'll only be seeing a 15-inch MacBook Air with a standard M2 chip at WWDC. The next traditional window for a Mac release would be after the annual September iPhone event. So, excluding the expected 15-inch Air, it may not be until October or November that we see any new Macs from the fruit company.
 

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You know what's gonna happen when these Macs are eventually released? When is the next Mac going to arrive? 😄

At this point, for 95% of what most people do on a Mac these days, you can’t tell the difference if its running on an Intel Mac Pro or a $899 M1 MacBook Air. Heck, it could even be an iPhone SE.
 
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Yeah, really hope they finally upgrade these iMac/mini/MB/MBP models to the A3 chip. I think the iPhones have had those for a while.
The iPhone 14 uses the A16 while the MacBook Pro uses the M2.

This is super rudimentary but highlights some differences:

 
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Three new Mac model identifiers were recently added to a Find My configuration file on Apple's backend, as discovered by Nicolás Álvarez (via @aaronp613)

The new identifiers are Mac14,8, Mac14,13, and Mac14,14, and they appear in a list alongside Mac14,3 and Mac14,12, the identifiers for the latest M2 and M2 Pro Mac mini models. The list in Apple's configuration file relates to overriding "separation monitoring," which suggests these could be desktop Mac models that do not need to be actively tracked via Find My for separation from the user as portable Macs do.


Exactly what these new Mac models are is unclear, as Apple has recently shifted from using more specific model identifiers like "MacBookAir10,1" to generic "Mac"-based ones that can apply to any member of the family.
The most imminent desktop Mac update we're expecting is the Mac Pro, although Bloomberg's Mark Gurman believes it won't be ready to launch at WWDC in June.
Really don’t care what Mark Gurman doesn’t know about. This seems like the most interesting tidbit in days. Just hope it’s precedent to what we been hoping for.
 
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I just learned that the M2 Mac Minis got different model identifiers than the previous M1. Why they switched from MacMini9,1 to Mac14,12, when the Mac Studio is Mac13,1 and Mac13,2, I'll never know, but it just reminds me of the old models for early Power Macs/iMacs and PowerBooks/iBooks. They used PowerMac for both iMacs and Power Macs, and PowerBook for both iBooks and PowerBooks. Confusing.
Just checked that every Mac of M2 series uses the Mac14,x identifier. It seems Apple experimented the new scheme on Mac Studio models which are M1 series, with Mac13,x. It would be easier to presume that every Mac15,x model will be M3.

So far we have had:
  • Mac14,2 (M2 MacBook Air)
  • Mac14,3 (M2 Mac mini)
  • Mac14,5 (M2 Max MacBook Pro 14")
  • Mac14,6 (M2 Max MacBook Pro 16")
  • Mac14,7 (M2 MacBook Pro 13")
  • Mac14,9 (M2 Pro MacBook Pro 14")
  • Mac14,10 (M2 Pro MacBook Pro 16")
  • Mac14,12 (M2 Pro Mac mini)
 
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I bet M3 models will start with performance models (Ultra/Mac) first and then Pro /Non-Pro.
This makes more sense, since it‘s stupid lower models almost outperform previous gen high performance models.
 
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Mac14,x identifiers indicate that these are very likely Macs with M2-generation silicon.
Knowing the above
I bet M3 models will start will performance models (Ultra/Mac) first and then Pro /Non-Pro.
This makes more sense, since it‘s stupid lower models almost outperform previous gen high performance models.
Why do we have to still believe that M3 models are involved?. Also what you are mentioning is backwards from whats happened before. :p
 

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I'm hoping we will see the 15 incher even sooner. Maybe wishful thinking on my part!
Other long shot possibilities as far as laptops were 13-inch MacBook Pro with M2 Pro, and the 13-inch MacBook Air with updated specs (Bluetooth 5.3 and Wi-Fi 6E and upgrade the SSD from using 256GB NAND flash chips to 128GB chips).

But this WWDC might be more focused on providing several desktop announcements to show if the transition is a win or a fumble as it current stands. Everyone knows which they are.
 
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