Right here’s a captivating little thriller.
Going into WWDC 2021, it appeared fairly probably Apple would announce the rumored redesigned MacBook Professional, together with a extra highly effective replace to the M1 processor, maybe known as the M2. That didn’t occur, so many concluded the leakers simply acquired it mistaken this time.
However then @maxbalzer_ on Twitter observed one thing attention-grabbing in regards to the WWDC reside stream on YouTube: Apple tagged it with the key phrases ‘M1X’ and ‘M1X MacBook Professional.’
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Everybody keep calm… however I simply noticed these tags on Apple’s YouTube livestream of the June 7 keynote!!!
APPLE CONFIRMED THE M1X!!!@jon_prosser you had been proper in any case!!!
— Max Balzer (@maxbalzer_) June 9, 2021
We have now confirmed this ourselves (shoutout to the TubeBuddy extension which exhibits the tags). As of the publication of this text, the tags are nonetheless up.
Now, there are a couple of seemingly easy explanations. Maybe whoever arrange the livestream was merely seeking to maximize the stream’s views, and leveraging the leaks looks as if a straightforward approach to try this.
However that’s… sort of bizarre. That is Apple we’re speaking about — they stunning a lot by no means acknowledge leaks, and so they don’t must fish for views.
Maybe extra importantly, at the least as many individuals had been referring to the M1’s successor because the ‘M2‘ chip, as a result of numbers. Just a few publications did consult with an M1X chip for the up to date 15-inch MacBook Professional, however based on Google Traits, it was the much less frequent of the 2 phrases.
Upon reflection, M1X makes whole sense if Apple goes to be in step with the way it named its cell processors. The ‘X’ model is the extra highly effective variant, and Apple in all probability isn’t prepared for an altogether new technology.
So that is full conjecture, but it surely appears to me that it’s fairly potential that sooner or later, Apple deliberate on introducing the M1X MacBook Professional at WWDC, however then determined in opposition to it. The occasion was already fairly lengthy in any case, and contemplating Apple isn’t doing bodily occasions for the time being, it may well in all probability re-arrange its announcement plans with extra flexibility.
Once more, it’s all hypothesis, however contemplating the M1’s successor was slated to make an look in early summer time — as reported by Bloomberg and Nikkei — I anticipate we’ll be listening to about these new MacBooks sooner slightly than later.
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