Here’s a fascinating little mystery.
In WWDC 2021, it seemed very likely that Apple would announce the rumored redesigned MacBook Pro along with a more powerful update to the M1 processor, perhaps called the M2. It did not happen, so many concluded that the leaks just got it wrong this time.
But then @maxbalzer_ noticed on Twitter something interesting about the WWDC live stream on YouTube: Apple tagged it with the keywords ‘M1X’ and ‘M1X MacBook Pro.’
OK OK OK
Everyone stays calm … but I just saw these tags in Apple̵7;s YouTube livestream from June 7 keynote !!!
APPLE CONFIRMED M1X !!! @ jon_prosser you were right after all !!!
This is not fake, you can get the @TubeBuddy extension for YT and it shows them! pic.twitter.com/C54sBydj7u
– Max Balzer (@maxbalzer_) June 9, 2021
We have even confirmed this (shoutout for the TubeBuddy extension showing tags). From the publication of this article, tags are still up.
Now there are a few seemingly simple explanations. Maybe the one who created the livestream was simply looking to maximize the views of the stream, and exploiting the leaks seems like an easy way to do that.
But it’s … a little weird. This is Apple we’re talking about – they almost never acknowledge leaks, and they do not have to fish for views.
Perhaps more importantly, at least as many people had referred to the M1’s successor as the ‘M2’ chip because numbers. A few publications referred to an M1X chip for the updated 15-inch MacBook Pro, but according to Google Trends, it was the less common of the two terms.
After consideration, the M1X makes total sense if Apple wants to be consistent with how it named its mobile processors. The ‘X’ version is the more powerful variant, and Apple is probably not ready for a whole new generation.
So this is complete conjecture, but it seems very possible that Apple at one point planned to introduce the M1X MacBook Pro at WWDC, but then decided to do so. After all, the event was already long, and given that Apple is not conducting physical events at the moment, it can probably rearrange its advertising plans with more flexibility.
Again, this is all speculation, but given that the M1’s sequel was destined to arrive early in the summer – as reported by Bloomberg and Nikkei – I expect we’ll hear about these new MacBooks sooner rather than later.
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