Here is a charming little mystery.
Entering WWDC 2021, it looked pretty likely that Apple would announce a redesigned MacBook Pro with rumors, along with a more powerful update to the M1 processor, perhaps called the M2. This did not happen, so many came to the conclusion that this time they had just gone wrong.
But then @maxbalzer_ on Twitter noticed something interesting about WWDC’s live stream on YouTube: Apple tagged it with the keywords “M1X” and “M1X MacBook Pro.”
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Everyone stay calm … but I just noticed these tags on Apple̵7;s live YouTube on the main note from June 7 !!!
APPLE CONFIRMS M1X !!! @jon_prosser you were right after all !!!
This is not fake, you can get the @TubeBuddy extension for YT and it shows them! pic.twitter.com/C54sBydj7u
– Max Balzer (@maxbalzer_) June 9, 2021
We confirmed this ourselves (call the TubeBuddy extension, which shows the labels). At the time of publication of this article, the labels are still up.
Now there are a few seemingly simple explanations. Maybe the one who set up the live stream was just trying to maximize the views of the stream, and using leaks seems like an easy way to do that.
But that’s … kind of weird. It is Apple we are talking about – they almost never recognize leaks and do not need to look for views.
Perhaps more importantly, at least as many people refer to the successor to M1 as to the M2 chip, as the numbers. Several publications do refer to the M1X chip for the updated 15-inch MacBook Pro, but according to Google Trends, it is the less common of the two terms.
On reflection, the M1X makes full sense if Apple will be in line with what it has named its mobile processors. The X version is the more powerful option, and Apple is probably not ready for a whole new generation.
So this is a complete guess, but it seems to me that it is quite possible that at some point Apple planned to introduce the M1X MacBook Pro at WWDC, but then decided against it. After all, the event was already quite long, and given that Apple is not currently doing physical events, it may be able to rearrange its announcement plans with more flexibility.
Again, it’s all speculation, but given that the successor to the M1 is scheduled to appear in early summer – as reported by Bloomberg and Nikkei – I expect to hear about these new MacBooks sooner rather than later.
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