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Apple has recently filed a listing in the Bluetooth Launch Studio database, potentially hinting at the launch of upcoming products. While the filing does not explicitly mention any specific devices, it does reference the latest Bluetooth 5.3 standard and a prior macOS-related listing, indicating a potential connection to forthcoming Macs.
Rumors have been circulating that Apple plans to release new versions of the MacBook Air and the Mac Pro in the first half of 2023. The new MacBook Air is expected to feature a larger 15-inch display and the M2 chip, while the new Mac Pro is expected to retain the same design as the 2019 model but with a new M2 Ultra chip. These new Macs may be announced as early as March or April, along with the anticipated release of macOS 13.3. However, it is also possible that their launch could be pushed to WWDC in June or later.
The latest Bluetooth 5.3 standard boasts improved reliability and power efficiency, according to the Bluetooth SIG. Apple has already incorporated Bluetooth 5.3 into several recent products, including the iPhone 14 series, the newest Apple Watch models, the latest 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro and Mac mini models, and more.
Once Apple releases new products, it typically adds them to existing Bluetooth Launch Studio listings. At this point, it remains unclear whether Apple will host a press event in March or April or if it will announce new products via press releases.
Apple already updated the 13-inch MacBook Air with the M2 chip back in July 2022. However, the Mac Pro has not been updated since December 2019 and remains the last Intel-based Mac that Apple sells brand new. The forthcoming MacBook Air and Mac Pro could also be the final models in the M2 series, as Apple is expected to transition to the M3 chip later in the year.