Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote came and went this year without a new MacBook Pro – but it seems that wasn’t the original intention! Intriguingly, Apple quietly included the phrases “M1X MacBook Pro” and “M1X” as tags on his YouTube video of the live keynote, as spotted by Max Balzer (through 9to5Mac).
Not only does that sound like a tactical 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 will likely market it as an upgraded “X” — variant, as it used to do with its high-end iPads, instead of going straight to M2.
Three weeks ago, Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman reported that we’d be seeing redesigned 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros “as early as this summer,” bringing back the SD card slot, HDMI port, and some form of the much-loved travel-friendly MagSafe charging connector; offer twice as many powerful CPU and GPU cores; and supports up to 64 GB of RAM. I really thought announcing it at WWDC would be the perfect way to distract from the recent developer turmoil — you know, by announcing a MacBook Pro that’s basically for professionals?
Maybe that was the original idea, but instead we got an absolutely packed keynote packed with lightning-fast software announcements. Check out our supercut below for the condensed video version, or read our list of the 15 biggest WWDC 2021 announcements if you just want the highlights.