It looks like Apple has a new Mac waiting in the wings to launch into the world later this month, according to some recent chatter.
This comes from MacRumors, which turned to a source for information related to Mac trade-ins and how this could indicate the appearance of a new device at the end of October.
The story is that this is a reliable source that pointed out imminent changes to Apple’s trade-in scheme, namely that the company will begin accepting new models for sale later this month.
The dots are connected here because Apple applied similar changes to trade-ins in June, and several new Macs were accepted for trade-ins that occurred alongside the release of new Apple models (including the large 15-inch MacBook Air). .
Therefore, the expectation is that these new tweaks to the exchanges herald the arrival of something new on the Mac front.
There were a ton of new machines involved with trade-in eligibility in June, and this time Apple’s plans are apparently more modest, indicating that the October launches will be on a smaller scale; in fact, maybe just one device.
Analysis: So what Mac, or Macs, could be incoming?
As always with rumors, we should be quite cautious about accepting them at face value, although MacRumors is a generally reliable news outlet for all things Apple and makes it clear that it is a reliable source, as stated. he pointed.
Still, even if the rumors are correct and Apple is planning this, it is unknown if it will follow through. (Although in this case, the deadline for the end of this month is quite tight, so any cancellations and changes of plans would certainly be last minute.)
MacRumors believes the new Mac (or Macs) could arrive as early as mid-October, so given that, the accompanying trade-in tweaks are indeed imminent if they happen, no doubt.
If we’re looking at a new Apple computer, which is the most likely candidate to hit shelves? It’s a tough call to make, but whichever machine aims for a spot on our list of the best Macs, it’s likely to be powered by an M3 chip.
Ever-present Apple leaker Mark Gurman has previously said that Apple could release a 13-inch MacBook Air, a MacBook Pro of the same size, or a new 24-inch iMac in October — or maybe even all three?
However, as noted, release plans for this month are likely to be more modest, as noted by the source who spoke to MacRumors, and a single piece of hardware seems the most likely bet. From what we’ve heard elsewhere, there may not be a new MacBook for 2023, so through a process of elimination, the 24-inch iMac could be Apple’s most likely product launch in October.
By the way, an M3-powered Mac mini is also on the cards, but that won’t be arriving anytime soon, and it’s said it won’t emerge until next year.