Apple could release a new 13-inch MacBook Pro as soon as tomorrow

The rumor: Alongside a new MacBook Air, Apple may have another laptop up their sleeves for WWDC, according to Mark Gurman (86.5% accurate, via Power On).

  • “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.

New ‘Mac mini tower’ listed at retailer ahead of WWDC

The leak: We may have potentially gotten a peek at some new Mac mini models, according to fresh listings on the B&H Photo website.

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.

New WWDC 2022 tidbits surface ahead of event next week

The rumors: A number of interesting notes about WWDC and Apple’s upcoming headset have been shared in a new report from The New York Times (not yet tracked).

Here are the most interesting tidbits…

  • 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”
  • The report echoes that software will be the focus of WWDC this year, but a new MacBook Air with “slimmer borders” is also possible
  • 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…

Apple’s new MacBook Air coming next week will only be available in these 4 colors

The rumor: The new MacBook Air coming at WWDC isn’t going to be as colorful as we previously thought, according to Mark Gurman (86.5% accurate).

Sam’s take: This new rumor from Gurman doesn’t match what other sources like Jon Prosser (69.1% accurate) and Ming-Chi Kuo (72.5% accurate) have said previously…so I’m not entirely sold on the fact that only blue is coming. At the same time, Gurman’s track record doesn’t lie…

iPadOS 16 rumored to finally gain laptop-like functionality

The rumor: Apple’s is planning some major upgrades for iPadOS 16 next week, according to Mark Gurman.

Here’s the report, via Bloomberg…

  • Redesigned multitasking view: “makes it easier to see what apps are open and switch between tasks”
  • Ability to resize app windows like you can on macOS, making it easier to use multiple apps simultaneously
  • Improved split-view functionality for running apps side-by-side

Sam’s take: Windowing on the iPad could finally be the game-changer needed to make iPadOS a viable laptop replacement. At the same time, I feel like we’ve heard time and time again that this year would finally be the year that iPadOS gets better! And then every year, it doesn’t. So call my expectations on windowing tempered, to say the least. That being said…maybe this is finally the year?

Gurman: Apple to announce new software and ‘other products’ on June 6

The rumor: Apple could be announcing new hardware at WWDC this year, according to Mark Gurman (86.4% accurate, via Power On).

  • “Apple’s developer conference will be held virtually and span the entire week. The big news will be on Monday, when the company holds its annual keynote address to announce its latest software and other products,” Gurman says
  • WWDC 2022 kicks off on June 6 at 10am PST with the traditional keynote address up first

Sam’s take: Rumors have been swirling about new Macs coming later this month or in June…and we’re hearing that they will likely be powered by the all-new M2 chip. I would bet that if there are Macs coming soon, Apple would announce them at their event on June 6. And considering there’s specifically an in-person component for dub dub this year, you would think that new hardware is certainly possible.

Apple exec teases filming at Apple Park ahead of WWDC 2022

The news: Apple may be in the process of filming their next event, according to a new Instagram story post from Steven Huon, Apple’s Head of Music Programming, Brand Experience & Events.

Sam’s take: With WWDC 2022 less than a month away now, I’d take a bet that filming is done and that this is exactly what the post is saying. Not that this tells us anything we couldn’t have guessed already…but cool to see a peek inside Apple Park ahead of the next event.

WWDC 2022 is one month away, this is the hardware and software that’s coming

The news: With just under a month to go until WWDC 2022 kicks off, here are all the leaks and rumors so far.

New software

  • Without a doubt, software will be the focus of WWDC (it is a software developer event, after all)
  • iOS/iPadOS 16, macOS 13, watchOS 9 and tvOS 16 are all expected…but this event could be the first time we see homeOS materialize

iOS/iPadOS 16

We haven’t heard much about Apple’s mobile updates so far, but there will be some “significant enhancements”:

  • There won’t be a redesign, and the software will look similar to how it does now
  • Notifications are getting a revamp, but there’s no word of which direction Apple is taking them in
  • iPadOS is getting a revamped multitasking interface
  • Car crash detection will automatically dial 911 if an accident happens
  • An updated Health app will feature feature better sleep tracking, new features for women’s health and medicine management with pill reminders

watchOS 9

We’ve gotten a few tidbits at watchOS 9, but it sounds like the update will once again be pretty small:

  • On Series 4 or newer, improved atrial fibrillation detection is coming “to calculate what is known as ‘burden,’ or how often a person is in a state of atrial fibrillation across a certain period”
  • New low-power mode that allows you to still use parts of the watch while extending battery life…there is a power-reserve mode currently, but it only shows the time
  • “Many” existing watch faces will be updated (but no additional details are provided)
  • More pre-selectable workouts and “additional metrics” are also in the works
  • Down the road, watchOS will also support satellite connectivity like on iPhone 14, but we don’t know exactly when

Hardware

While WWDC is usually a software-only event, some sources believe new Macs could be announced very soon:

  • A redesigned, colorful MacBook Air with M2 inside is the most likely to come
  • But an all-new Mac mini has also been in the works for quite some time…and that could boast an M2 chip, too
  • Apple could also preview the new Mac Pro (but we’re not entirely sure on that just yet)

Sam’s take: I don’t really know how to feel about dub dub yet. I think it could be great! But I also worry that it could be just as underwhelming as last year, where we saw no hardware and the smallest software updates in history.

Apple may announce 2 new Macs on June 6 at WWDC

The rumor: Apple is planning to drop new Macs within in the next couple of months, according to Mark Gurman (86.4% accurate, via Power On).

Sam’s take: With all of the hardware that Apple is said to be dropping this year, they’ll surely spread it out and not save all of it for the Fall, right? WWDC seems like a great time to launch some new Macs, especially if some folks are being offered the opportunity to attend in-person.

Apple announces all-online WWDC 2022 on June 6, iOS 16 expected

The news: Apple has officially announced their next special event of the year that is taking place on June 6, 2022.

  • Apple’s worldwide developer conference, also known as WWDC, is traditionally focused on revealing the latest in software: new iOS, macOS, watchOS, tvOS and more are expected
  • While the event goes all week long (June 6-10) with countless sessions for developers to virtually attend, the highlight of the event is always keynote that happens at 10am PST on the first day
  • “In addition to the online conference, Apple will host a special day for developers and students at Apple Park on June 6 to watch the keynote and State of the Union videos together, along with the online community. Space will be limited, and details about how to apply to attend will be provided on the Apple Developer site and app soon” Apple says

Sam’s take: After wondering what was up yesterday…here you have it! WWDC keynote on June 6…but the same all-online format as last year. I wrote from the start that I didn’t believe we were ready for an in-person event with 5-6,000 people, and it looks like Apple feels the same way. Can’t wait to see what they’ve been cooking up in Cupertino!

Apple WWDC 2022 announcement still missing in split from recent years

The (lack of) news: Days into April, Apple has still not confirmed when their major developer conference is happening this year.

Sam’s take: Back in the early 2010s, Apple regularly announced WWDC in mid- to late-April…but it does seem odd that they still haven’t said a word about the event this year. If the event is, again, virtual…obviously no one needs that much notice since no travel is involved. But I would think an announcement would have happened by now if some folks will be traveling for the event.