This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.
Apple's next system software, macOS 11, has been announced as "coming this fall," but at the time of writing, the official version of the software has yet to be released to the public. However, the first beta of macOS Big Sur 11.0.1 was released to developers on the 28th (local time).
It is reported that three unreleased Mac files have been discovered in the macOS Big Sur 11.0.1 beta.
The /System/Library/ folder in macOS contains bundle files that identify the various Mac models. Clues to unreleased Macs can be found there, and there was actually a precedent for the discovery of what appeared to be an icon for the 16-inch MacBook Pro (2019) just before it was announced.
And Apple-related information site 9to5Mac says that macOS Big Sur 11.0.1 beta 1 had two additional files referring to two unannounced Macs. There was also one other file in the earlier macOS Big Sur beta 10, but it was not noticed until now. In total, the three unreleased Mac-related files are as follows:
In addition to these, the files that exist only on macOS Big Sur (not before Catalina, and newly added) are "MacHardwareTypes-2019f.bundle" and "MacHardwareTypes-2020d.bundle," which represent 16 MacBook Pro, while the MacHardwareTypes-2020a.bundle is for the 2020 MacBook Air, and the other files refer to the 2020 iMac and the 2020 13-inch MacBook Pro.
Incidentally, the files that hint at the existence of an unannounced 16-inch MacBook Pro (2020) have been found in the BootCamp update.
Unfortunately, the latest files we've found don't contain any more information, and it's possible that there will be three new Macs, or that all three files could mean the same unannounced Mac. That said, it does seem to reinforce the rumors that the first Apple Silicon Mac announcement event will be held on November 17.
The first Apple Silicon-powered Mac is expected to be either a MacBook Air, 12-inch MacBook, 13-inch MacBook Pro, or a 24-inch iMac. However, perhaps the first Apple Silicon-powered Mac will not be just one model, but three models could be announced at the same time.
This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl. The Japanese edition of Engadget does not guarantee the accuracy or reliability of this article.