The rumor: New MacBook Pros could come as soon as the end of 2022, according to Mark Gurman (86.5% accurate, via Bloomberg).
“These new 14-inch and 16-inch models, codenamed J414 and J416, won’t be radically new products beyond offering the speedier chips,” Gurman says. “The M2 Max chip in the next high-end MacBook Pros will include 12 main processing cores and up to 38 graphics cores, up from a maximum of 10 processing cores and 32 graphics cores in the current models”
Apple’s new MacBook Pro models could see these new chips near the end of this year or early in 2023, but an exact timeline remains to be seen
Sam’s take: I wouldn’t expect these new laptops to launch before the end of 2022 as that seems a bit soon after the major update in 2021. The new M2 chips seem like they’ll actually be a moderate update though! 2 additional CPU cores and 6 more GPU cores should net some solid improvements…
While weak Intel processors and an unreliable keyboard hindered the performance of the device, a fresh design and Apple Silicon could breathe new life into the product
Said to release in late 2023 or early 2024, the new 12-inch MacBook won’t materialize for quite some time still
Sam’s take: While small screen sizes on Macs have never made since in my mind…it’s clear the broader community feels different. Lots of folks online seem to be yearning for a new baby MacBook and it seems like Apple is listening. So let’s see if they get things right the second time around: I have a feeling they will.
The rumor: Apple is working on a larger version of the all-new MacBook Air that was just announced at WWDC22, according to Mark Gurman (86.5% accurate, via Bloomberg).
“The 15-inch model under development is a wider version of the 13.6-inch MacBook Air that Apple announced this week…Apple had previously considered a 15-inch variation for this year’s MacBook Air, but shelved those plans to focus on the 13.6-inch version,” Gurman says
This first-of-its-kind MacBook Air is said to release sometime in Spring 2023, a reasonable time for Apple to hold a special event unveiling new products
Sam’s take: I’m seeing the genius here of staggering MacBook Air screen sizes in between those of the MacBook Pro. By the end of next year, the MacBook lineup is going to look like this: 13.6, 14.2, 15 and 16.2-inch displays across 4 different notebooks. There really is going to be a size and form factor for everyone…rather than just doubling down with the exact same sizes across the board as they did historically. I cannot wait for this larger MacBook Air (which I would bet will have a M2 chip inside).
Sam’s take: Larger screened iPads sounds great. As large as my 12.9-inch iPad Pro is already, I would be lying if I said I didn’t crave some extra space for watching videos, drawing or looking at photos. Early next year is far sooner than I ever would have imagined a tablet this size dropping, but I have a feeling I’m going to want this new model. Even if iPadOS 16 still isn’t all the way there for replacing my Mac…
“A faster 13-inch MacBook Pro had also been planned to launch around the same time as the new Air, but those same lockdowns in China could have thrown off that part of the roadmap as well. When that machine does launch, expect it to look the same as the current 13-inch MacBook Pro from 2020 sans the Touch Bar,” Gurman says
While we don’t see a concrete timeline mentioned, it sounds like both a new MacBook Air and updated 13-inch MacBook Pro are coming either on Monday or soon after
Sam’s take: Let me translate the above: “A new 13-inch MacBook Pro was supposed to launch at WWDC the last I’ve heard but with the recent lockdowns, who knows, it may have been delayed…so don’t be surprised if you do or don’t see it.” Really, I think the fact that there’s no mention of a new Mac mini completely invalidates the “leak” from B&H Photo of new towers coming. My gut says we’re going to see both this new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro appear at the event tomorrow, but that’s not based off of anything other than the copious evidence that some new hardware is coming.
Sam’s take: Here’s the thing. While these are really fun to look at…they’ve been up now for well over a day. If these were actually leaked accidentally and B&H cared whatsoever about their relationship with Apple, they would’ve been taken down immediately. Considering that we haven’t heard any reputable rumors about these new computers, I’m guessing that, well, B&H is just guessing, too. Not to mention that the 8/256 configuration above doesn’t currently exist for any M1 Pro chip. The MacBook Air on the other hand…that will almost surely be unveiled tomorrow.
The AR/VR headset is real and coming…just not until sometime next year
Apple is working with Hollywood directors like Jon Favreau to create custom video content for the headset
At the event on Monday, Apple will “unveil software tools that would allow apps to add new camera and voice functionality, laying the groundwork for a hands-free interface that customers will eventually be able to navigate on the headset”
Apple’s headset has been delayed until 2023 because of initial, weak computing power followed more recent issues with battery life
There’s also a new devkit coming on Monday that will give “software developers new abilities to trigger shortcuts inside their apps using Siri and QR codes, interactions that will be leveraged in future headsets”
Sam’s take: This entire report reads to me as Apple wanting to set expectations that their headset will not be shown off at WWDC on June 6. Some interesting tidbits, sure, but largely just a corroboration of what we’ve been hearing from other sources. Hardware-wise, it looks like we might only see a new MacBook Air on Monday…
The rumors: Sources are currently split on whether or not the iPhone 14 will be delayed due to supply chain issues.
Jeff Pu (50% accurate, source) and Nikkei Asia (accuracy pending, source) report that iPhone 14 Max is currently delayed by about 3 weeks due to lockdowns in China because of COVID-19 outbreaks
Ming-Chi Kuo (72.5% accurate), however, says that things are “under control currently” and that suppliers will be able to work harder and catch up with the production schedule of other iPhone 14 models
Sam’s take: No doom and gloom for the iPhone 14 launch yet. And out of all of these reports, I absolutely put the most faith in Kuo’s prediction. By no means is a delayed launch of some iPhone models unprecedented (it happened with iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max)…I just don’t think it’s likely at this point in time. My bets are on all 4 iPhone 14 models launching simultaneously in September 2022.
The rumor: Apple’s all-new AR/VR headset isn’t dropping at WWDC, according to Ming-Chi Kuo (72.5% accurate).
Here’s why, according to Apple’s most iconic analyst…
The headset hasn’t even entered mass production yet, so an unveil for the that and the realityOS software would be quite early
Revealing everything months ahead of a hardware release could give Apple’s competitors time to catch up and copy the design and interfaces
Kuo also believes that this is “Apple’s most important product since iPhone launch,” and thus it deserves a dedicated launch event…not just a portion of WWDC
Sam’s take: There is a pretty general consensus among leakers right now that a full unveil of the AR/VR headset isn’t happening at WWDC. I was on the side of us getting at least a teaser, but these are some pretty compelling reasons from Kuo. That being said, I would be we are going to see some new augmented and virtual reality frameworks for developers to play with at dub dub.