There's been a lot of talk about new Macs that could debut in early 2023, and another clue has just surfaced: Two mysterious, as-yet-unannounced Apple computers have turned up as entries in Steam's hardware database.
The database records the computers and software used to access Steam games, and one eagle-eyed user (via MacRumors - opens in a new tab)) noticed that among all the regular records, we have mentions from a “Mac14.6” and a “Mac15.4”.
That's all the information we currently have on these computers, but there have already been plenty of rumors of new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros with M2 Pro and M2 Max chips set to appear in late 2022 or early 2023.
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It is useless that the two Mac models identified in the Steam database appear with 0% use, it seems that they are not really in the world, but tested in Apple laboratories.
If you feel like you've heard the "Mac 14.6" moniker before, you're absolutely right: Benchmark scores for this computer leaked a few days ago, showing what a switch to the M2 series of chips could bring.
Of course, we already know how impressive the M2 version of the 13-inch MacBook Pro is, so we're excited to see the 14-inch and 16-inch models reach parity. According to the Steam database, we won't wait much longer.
Analysis: 2023 on Mac
The 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros aren't the only new Macs we're expecting: The M2 chip should make its way to updated versions of Mac Studio, Mac Pro, and most likely Mac mini before we see the end. of the same of 2023.
However, it's the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros that seem to get updated first. We've been waiting for them for much of 2022, and some of the industry's most trusted sources have revealed that they're now coming in early 2023.
At the same time, we're expecting improved versions of Apple's M2 chip that's already appeared in the 13-inch MacBook Pro and MacBook Air. As with the previous M1, Apple is expected to introduce more powerful versions of the silicon over time.
In fact, almost any Mac that hasn't updated in 2022 could now get a new edition with upgraded processors and memory, and of course we'll keep you posted on all the rumors and official announcements over the next 12 months. .