Apple’s WWDC occasion this yr was stuffed to the brim with large software program bulletins, together with new variations of iOS and macOS, however the rumored MacBook Professional revamp didn’t occur. Nonetheless, Apple might have accidentally revealed its plans in that regard. Among the many tags on Apple’s YouTube stream of the occasion have been “M1X MacBook Professional” and “M1X.”
Because the occasion approached, sources like Bloomberg stated redesigned MacBook Professionals could possibly be on the best way this summer season. Nobody knew if the disclosing would occur at WWDC, nevertheless it seems like Apple at the very least thought-about it based mostly on these tags. Since somebody went to the difficulty of including them, we are able to safely surmise that Apple is certainly creating new MacBook Professionals with improved ARM chips.
Apple took an enormous step away from x86 late final yr when it introduced the ARM-powered MacBook Professional and Mac Mini. The M1 chip from these units has since made its strategy to the iPad Professional, as nicely. The M1 is a formidable piece of engineering with a greater mixture of efficiency and battery life than present Intel laptop computer chips. Nonetheless, it’s nonetheless restricted in a couple of irritating methods. As an example, you may solely do one exterior show with the present M1 laptops.
The obvious existence of the M1X is sensible — Apple would positively desire a extra highly effective chip for its higher-end laptops. The “X” naming scheme additionally matches what Apple has completed with its A-series ARM chips for iPhones and older iPads, suggesting this might be an evolutionary step for the corporate’s new system-on-a-chip. The rumors have pointed to new 14- and 16-inch MacBook Professional items that deliver again in style options just like the SD card slot, HDMI port, and a few model of the MagSafe connector. As for that new chip, it’s alleged to have twice as many CPU and GPU cores. It may additionally assist as much as 64GB of RAM.
So, these hoping for a extra highly effective ARM-based Mac will get their want. It’ll simply take a bit of longer. Greater than seemingly, Apple may have one other devoted occasion this summer season to disclose the brand new laptops. It’s attainable, although unlikely in my view, that the brand new macs won’t debut till the autumn iPhone occasion.