Apple accidentally leaks surprise upgrades in new version of iPhone


Leakers have already revealed Apple’s controversial iPhone 14 release strategy, and now Apple itself has accidentally laid out its next big hardware upgrades.

In his popular Power On newsletter, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reports that Apple’s iOS 15.5 second beta code references the company’s unannounced next generation of Macs. And they are coming much sooner than you think.

Gurman says the spoilers in the iOS 15.5 code are because the update will quietly add compatibility for these next-gen Macs to all supported iPhones (6S and newer). Additionally, iOS 15.5 is slated for release as early as next week, showing that Apple thinks there’s no time to waste.

So when and what are these mysterious new Macs? The big date to circle in your calendar is June 6, the start of Apple’s annual WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference). Here Apple will provide the first preview of iOS 16, watchOS 9 and macOS 13 and it is the latter which is expected to be featured on the new MacBooks based on Apple’s long-awaited M2 chipset.

Gurman himself has already detailed details of the M2 lineup, with new M2-based MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and entry-level Mac Mini models set to launch the chip. More M2 Pro, M2 Max, and M2 Ultra chips will follow for a new 14-inch MacBook Pro, 16-inch MacBook Pro, and Mac Pro later this year.

Given the praise Apple has received for the superb M1 chip and the global interest in M2, it’s understandable that Apple wanted to update iPhone support ahead of time, even if that risked leaking the version in its own software.

After all, it’s a bet Apple has already taken and, with the iPhone 14 line under increasing pressure, it’s very likely to take it up again.

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