Apple’s WWDC event this year was filled to the brim with major software announcements, including new versions of iOS and macOS, but the rumored MacBook Pro renewal did not happen. However, Apple may have accidentally revealed its plans in that regard. Among the tags on Apple’s YouTube stream of the event were “M1X MacBook Pro” and “M1X.”
As the event approached, sources like Bloomberg said the redesigned MacBook Pros could be on its way this summer. No one knew if the unveiling would take place at WWDC, but it seems that Apple at least rated it based on these codes. Since someone has tried to add them, we can safely assume that Apple is actually developing new MacBook Pros with enhanced ARM chips.
Apple took a big step away from x86 late last year when they announced the ARM-powered MacBook Pro and Mac Mini. The M1 chip from these devices has since also made its way to the iPad Pro. The M1 is an impressive design with a better mix of performance and battery life than today’s Intel laptops. However, it is still limited in some frustrating ways. For example, you can only make an external monitor with current M1 laptops.
The apparent existence of the M1X makes sense – Apple will definitely want a more powerful chip for its high-end laptops. The naming scheme “X” also corresponds to what Apple has done with its A-series ARM chips for iPhones and older iPads, which indicates that this will be an evolutionary step for the company’s new system-on-a-chip. Rumor has it that new 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro devices offer popular features such as SD card slot, HDMI port and some version of the MagSafe connector. As for the new chip, it should have twice as many CPU and GPU cores. It can also support up to 64 GB of RAM.
So those hoping for a more powerful ARM-based Mac will get what they want. It just takes a little longer. More than likely, Apple will have a new dedicated event this summer to unveil the new laptops. It is possible, though unlikely in my opinion, that the new Macs may not debut before the fall iPhone event.