Apple is testing a simplified version of MacOS on the M2 iPad Pro

Whistleblower @Majin Bu said that Apple is undergoing a large-scale redesign of the Messages app for iOS 17. In addition, he also said that Apple is adapting a special version of macOS for the new M2 iPad Pro.

He revealed that his sources indicate that an internal beta version of macOS 14, codenamed "Mendocino", will be released in 2023; while the upcoming macOS also has a "lite version" planned for M2 devices.

This special version of macOS is said to achieve a 25% UI size scaling, and some apps are optimized for touchscreens, which could explain a patent for a future version of iPadOS with a Mac UI earlier this year.

In addition, the app running on this product is still the current iPad version, not the macOS version.

As for why Apple is only targeting M2 devices and not M1 devices, he sees it as a marketing ploy to highlight the advantages of the M2 model (many US users think the M2 model is not as worthwhile as the M1 model). Considering Apple's consistent product marketing strategy, this is not impossible.

There have been rumors that the iPad will support macOS in recent years, but Apple has never responded publicly and considering that it is still in the early stage of development, even if Apple is indeed developing a new version of macOS today, there is also the possibility of subsequent cancellations.

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