Three new Mac model identifiers were recently added to a Find My configuration file in Apple’s backend, such as discovered by Nicolas Alvarezvia @aaronp613).
The new identifiers are Mac14.8, Mac14.13, and Mac14.14, and are listed next to Mac14.3 and Mac14.12, the identifiers for the latest M2 and M2 Pro Mac mini models. The listing in Apple’s config file relates to the “separation monitoring” override, suggesting that these might be desktop Mac models that do not need to be actively tracked via Find My for user separation as portable Macs do.
It’s unclear exactly what these new Mac models are, as Apple has recently moved from using more specific model identifiers like “MacBookAir10,1” to generic “Mac”-based identifiers that can apply to any member of the family. . The most imminent desktop Mac upgrade we’re expecting is the Mac Pro, though BloombergMark Gurman believes it won’t be ready for a WWDC launch in June.
Gurman also believes that Mac Studio won’t see an update until the higher-end members of the M3 family of chips are ready, and that seems unlikely until perhaps early 2024. With the Mac mini just updated in January, the only other possibility The apparent upgrade for a desktop Mac is the iMac, but that’s not expected to be upgraded either until the M3 chips become available later this year at the earliest.
It’s also unclear 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 multiple identifiers, so it’s possible that these new identifiers 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 upgrades as we get closer to WWDC, but for now it seems like the most likely Mac launch expected at the event is a new 15-inch MacBook Air, not a new 15-inch MacBook Air. Desktop Mac.