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Apple may have accidentally confirmed the existence of an M1X MacBook Pro

Apple’s worldwide developer conference highlight came and went this year without a new MacBook Pro – but it looks like that was not the original purpose! Strikingly, Apple quietly included the phrases “M1X MacBook Pro” and “M1X” as tags on its YouTube video of live headline, as discovered by Max Balzer (via 9to5Mac).

Not only does this sound like tacit confirmation of at least one new Arm-powered MacBook Pro, it also confirms rumors that it will include a new M1 chip, and that Apple is likely to market it as an improved “X” variant, which it used to do with its high-end iPads, instead of going straight to the M2.

Three weeks ago, BloombergMark Gurman reported that we would see redesigned 1

4- and 16-inch MacBook Pros “already this summer,” the ones that would bring back the SD card slot, HDMI port, and some sort of beloved trip-friendly MagSafe charging connector; offer twice as many 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 latest developer turmoil – you know, by announcing a MacBook Pro that’s actually too professional?

Maybe that was the original idea, but we got a completely packed main note filled with instant messages instead. Check out our condensed video version shortcut below, or read our list of the top 15 WWDC 2021 announcements if you just want the highlights.

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