- Apple is believed to be prepping a refresh of the Mac Studio and the MacBook Pro
- The Apple M2 Pro chip could be powering at least some of the entry-level MacBook Pro models
- On the other hand, the Mac Studio and top-end MacBook Pro models could utilize the more powerful M2 Max processor
Reports over the past few months have suggested that Apple is planning to refresh its Mac lineup. We’re now gaining more information about at least two of these devices, courtesy of some digging by a MacRumors tipster.
Bearing the identifiers “Mac14,6” and “Mac15,4” these devices were spotted on Steam’s November Hardware and Software Survey, which is a list published monthly, giving users a full list of the types of devices that have accessed Steam in the past month.
Unsurprisingly, the Steam data also shows that these new Macs aren’t being used by a lot of people, with only some engineers at Apple currently having access to these pre-release Macs. Information on the Mac15,4 is hardly available, but as 9to5Mac points out, the Mac14,6 model has appeared in leaks before, including a Geekbench benchmark result.
There have been a total of two Geekbench leaks of the Mac14,6 variant, indicating that it could be running Apple’s in-house M2 Max chipset. This appears to align with past reports about Apple’s intentions to launch newer versions of the Mac Studio as well as the MacBook Pro lineup, possibly with the M2 Max processor early next year. Meanwhile, Apple is expected to use the M2 Pro with entry-level models of the upcoming MacBook Pro refresh.
Foldable MacBooks could be on the horizon
As per a recent report, Apple is working on a foldable iPad and even a 20-inch foldable MacBook, such as the ones unveiled by ASUS recently. However, the report went on to suggest that the electronics manufacturer may have ditched its plans for a foldable iPhone. This is somewhat surprising considering the success of brands like Samsung, OPPO, and a handful of others in the foldable segment.