Does the macOS Ventura requirement indicate an upcoming 12-inch MacBook update – or do they?
It’s slim, but the phrase from Apple’s MacOS Ventura system requirements suggests that the company plans to release a new 12-inch MacBook in the near future.
Below its Ventura preview, Apple has posted a list of Macs that will be able to run the new operating system. An eagle-eyed Redditor named Posredstvennost noticed (and discussed in a short thread) that the “MacBook” entry was labeled “2017”. And laterAlthough the 2017 model was the latest model released by Apple. No “and later”… unless Apple has something on its sleeve.
The MacBook, the so-called 12-inch MacBook that Apple sold outside of its well-known Pro and Airline, was relaunched in March 2015, updated in 2016 and 2017, and finally discontinued in 2019 (there was also one from 2006 to 2012). MacBook Line). It was a splitting machine, but some experts were interested in seeing a version with Apple Silicon.
Shortly after WWDC, a rumor spread that Apple was actually working on a new 12-inch MacBook, which adds a bit more intrigue to this particular quest.
Skeptics may suggest that anyone compiling the list has copied and pasted the same phrase for each device. However, the iMac Pro and Mac Studio, each of which has only been released in one version, are labeled as “2017” and “2022”, respectively. There is no “and after” for those machines.
Is this a valid leak?
We don’t think so, for a variety of reasons.
One is that the person who wrote the list is unlikely to have an advanced knowledge of the Mac that came out years later. Marketing / editorial and product planning are two different categories, and Apple operates on a need-to-know basis.
Another is the individual Did I know, why would they choose to point out that knowledge here, everywhere? Do they stand to gain? If you are a disgruntled employee who decides to leak business-critical information, you send a message to a news site (if you do not want to be named) or post it on social media (if you want notoriety). You will not leave out the embedded formulas on marketing pages like Ridler.
What has happened here, almost certainly, is that no one understands what it means and has inadvertently used obscure phrases.
Now, twist here. Clock like proverbs, ‘leaks’ may still be correct. There are rumors that Apple is planning to release a new version of the 12-inch MacBook; Bloomberg thinks one is coming towards the end of 2023 or the beginning of 2024.
So we can get our super-portable Apple silicone laptop. Don’t expect to see a macOS update announced in the System Requirements section.