05/17 update below. This post was originally published on May 14
Leakers have already revealed Apple’s controversial iPhone 14 launch strategy, and now Apple itself has accidentally revealed its next big hardware upgrades.
In his popular Power On newsletter, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reports that the code in Apple’s second beta version of iOS 15.5 points to the company’s next generation of unannounced Macs. And they are coming much sooner than you think.
Update 05/16: Gurman has now leaked more details about Apple’s upcoming iOS software. Writing in his last book Power On Newsletterreveals that iOS 16 – Apple’s next generation of iOS, which will be launched in conjunction with the company’s iPhone 14 lineup of smartphones – contains “significant changes across the system”.
Gurman says these include a range of “modern Apple apps” as well as, interestingly, “new ways to interact” with the operating system. The first of these has come a long way with a number of Apple’s core iOS apps starting to look a bit too old. But the latter is the most exciting.
Gurman doesn’t provide any details, but with Google recently rolling out its “Look and Talk” feature on its Nest Hub smartphones, I’m wondering if Apple is working on something similar. Look to Talk uses facial recognition to know when you’re looking at the device and eliminates the need for the uncommon “Ok/Hey Google” command. Google warns that results may be missed, but iPhones (with vastly superior Face ID recognition) should be much better at this task and Siri desperately needs to win after lagging far behind Google Assistant and Alexa in recent years.
Update 05/17: Respected Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo shed more light on Apple’s hardware plans today, revealing that Apple is moving forward with its plans to develop a foldable iPhone. And in typical Apple fashion, it’s very different from anything we’ve seen in the so-called “follables” space before.
ko States Apple is currently testing a new electronic paper display (EPD) made by E Ink for the cover screen on an iPhone/iPad hybrid foldable device. Unlike most EPD displays, which are monochrome, this is a color display that Kuo believes could be transformative with “the potential to become a mainstream solution” for all products in this space “thanks to its excellent energy savings.”
Speculation has been rife about Apple’s plans for a foldable iPhone, but this is the first time that information on certain components has been leaked. Reports on the device have varied wildly from the 2023 to 2025 time frame, but with Samsung’s increasing success (and market dominance) in the space and with sales growing rapidly, we wouldn’t expect Apple to let this run longer than necessary.
Of course, Apple faces a unique challenge with its foldable iPhone because it has the potential to break up iPhone and iPad sales. With Android tablets failing to really catch up, it’s not a fear competitors have to face. Apple’s road to marketing for the device will be one of its most important strategic decisions in years.
Gurman explains that the spoilers inside the iOS 15.5 code are because the update will quietly add compatibility with next-generation Macs to all supported iPhones (6S and later). And unlike iOS product code leaks in the past that have been clear and obvious or pre-launch slips running counter to the comics, these references were deep in the code and unlikely to be something early users were supposed to find. Moreover, iOS 15.5 is expected to be released as soon as next week (Update 05/17: Released yesterday), shows Apple feels there’s no time to lose.
So, when and what are the mysterious new Macs? The important date to circle in your calendar is June 6, and that’s the start of Apple’s annual WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference). Here Apple will give the first glimpse of iOS 16, watchOS 9 and macOS 13 and it is the latter that is expected to be shown on new MacBooks based on Apple’s long-awaited M2 chipset.
Gurman himself previously detailed the M2 lineup, with the new M2-based MacBook Air, entry-level MacBook Pro, and Mac Mini launching the chip. More M2 Pro, M2 Max and M2 Ultra chips will follow for the new 14-inch MacBook Pro, 16-inch MacBook Pro, and Mac Pro later this year.
Given the praise that Apple has received for the amazing M1 chip and the global interest in the M2, it’s understandable that Apple wanted to update iPhone support early on — even if it was at risk of leaking the version in its own software.
After all, it’s a gamble that Apple has taken before – with the iPhone 14 range under increasing pressure – it’s very likely they will take it again.
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