The MacBook Pro 14 may be one of the most anticipated Apple devices in years, but it’s constantly being pushed back. At Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on June 7, there was once again a total lack of attendance.
This should perhaps not have come as a surprise. WWDC is a developer event, which traditionally means that most of the focus is on software – new versions of iOS, updates to MacOS, the introduction of completely new systems and services, that sort of thing. However, we usually also see hardware announcements, so news of a new MacBook was not out of the question.
Before the show, it felt like more than that – it almost felt like a certainty. Apple leaker Jon Prosser had claimed that his sources informed him that Apple would not only showcase new MacBook Pro devices at the event, but also hold a press release about the new devices right after the show.
Industry analysts such as Ming-Chi Kuo and Mark Gurman had suggested that Apple could launch new laptops as early as this summer, which is in line with WWDC̵
Nevertheless, doubts began to arise on the day of the event. Gurman published an overview of what to expect as a complete omission of hardware. Reliable leak L0vetodream said they did not expect hardware at the show, and that people expecting new MacBooks “should not be so fast.”
The absence of MacBook Pros at WWDC is in line with a March report from Nikkei Asia, which said that production of two MacBook Pro models had been pushed back from May or June to the second half of 2021. It seemed unlikely that the devices would be launched at WWDC, which has now been proven correct.
The delay may have been caused by the ongoing pandemic, which has put pressure on chip plants worldwide. This has not only affected the timelines for components such as the Apple system-on-a-chip that now powers MacBooks, but also components such as monitor drivers. It also affects the process of mounting chips on circuit boards. And as long as the industry tries to catch up, end products like the MacBook Pros are likely to be delayed.
But without another Apple event expected in September at the earliest, it looks like the MacBook Pro 14 and MacBook Pro 16 updates may be released via a press release if they meet the expected summer release date. This would be very unusual given the extensive revision said to come to the smaller model, and the transition to Apple Silicon chips in the larger laptop.
Still, without the MacBook Pros at WWDC, that may now be the most likely scenario.