Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote this year went without a new MacBook Pro, but it looks like that wasn’t the original intention! Oddly, Apple has quietly included the phrases “M1X MacBook Pro” and “M1X” as tags. on his YouTube video of the live keynote, as spotted by Max Balzer (Going through 9to5Mac).
Not only does this sound like an unspoken confirmation of at least one new Arm-powered MacBook Pro, it also corroborates rumors that it will include a new one. M1 chip, and that Apple will likely market it as an improved “X” variant, as it did with its high-end iPads, rather than going straight to the M2.
Three weeks ago, Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman reported that we would see redesigned 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pros “starting this summer,” those who would be bring back the SD card slot, HDMI port and a form of the beloved MagSafe charging connector for travel; offer twice the number of high-performance CPU and GPU cores; and supports up to 64 GB of RAM. i really thought Announcing them at WWDC would be the perfect way to distract from the recent developer turmoil – you know, by announcing a MacBook Pro that’s actually for the pros?
Maybe that was the original idea, but instead we got a keynote absolutely crammed with fast-firing software announcements. Check out our supercut below for the condensed video version, or read our list of the 15 biggest announcements from WWDC 2021 if you only want the highlights.