Apple accidentally leaks surprise upgrades in new iPhone release

Leakers have already unveiled Apple’s controversial iPhone 14 release strategy, and now Apple itself has accidentally unveiled its next major hardware upgrades.

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

Gurman argues that the spoilers are in the iOS 15.5 code because the update will quietly add compatibility for these next-gen Macs to all supported iPhones (6S and newer). In addition, iOS 15.5 is expected to be released next week, indicating that Apple believes there is no time to lose.

So when and what are these mysterious new Macs? The big date to circle on your calendar is June 6, which is the start of Apple’s annual WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference). Here, Apple will get its first glimpse of iOS 16, watchOS 9, and macOS 13, and it’s the last one expected to be shown on new MacBooks based on Apple’s much-anticipated M2 chipset.

Gurman himself has previously broken down the details of the M2 lineup, with new M2-based MacBook Air, entry-level MacBook Pro and Mac Mini models tipped to debut the chip. More M2 Pro, M2 Max and M2 Ultra chips for a new 14-inch MacBook Pro, 16-inch MacBook Pro and Mac Pro will follow later in the year.

Given the rave reviews Apple received for the stunning M1 chip and the worldwide interest in M2, it’s understandable that Apple wanted to update iPhone support ahead of time — even if it risked leaking the release into its own software.

After all, it’s a gamble that Apple has taken before and – with the iPhone 14 range under increasing pressure – is very likely to take again.

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