Hold up, did Apple just confirm MacBook Pro 2021 with M1X chip?

MacBook Pro with 2021 M1X as seen in the tag of Apple Video

Apple’s rumored new MacBook Pro 2021 laptops were nowhere to be seen at WWDC on Monday, but the official YouTube video of the keynote presentation has a hint that they may finally exist.

The terms “M1X MacBook Pro” and “M1X” were both discovered by a Twitter user max balzer (via Nerdshala) With the likes of “iOS 15” and “wwdc 2021” on the video, among several tags. This could indicate that Apple had new laptops to show off at some point – although it’s also possible that Cupertino just knows how to play the Google search traffic game.

Rumors point to the launch of two new MacBook Pros this year, a MacBook Pro 2021 14-inch and MacBook Pro 2021 16-inch, both powered by the M1X or M2 chip.

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Balzer found the tag using Chrome extension TubeBuddy to reveal all the terms involved in Apple’s main video on YouTube. We’ve tried it ourselves and can confirm that the tags are present.

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Prior to WWDC, major leakers and analysts including John Prosser, Mark Gurman, Ming-Chi Kuo had said that Apple would unveil new MacBook models at Apple’s keynote. With the information coming from so many sources, the MacBook announcement seemed like a dead proof until the event.

Many of these rumors suggested that the new hardware would feature a so-called M1X chip; This will be the second generation of Apple’s in-house designed chipset, or at least an update to the original Apple M1 chip found in the MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro and more recently the iPad Pro 2021.

It’s possible that these claims were true at some point, but Apple canceled the MacBook’s display at the last minute. One possible reason for this would be ongoing chip shortages around the world, which could have forced Apple to rethink the timing of its MacBook launch to ensure it could accommodate demand.

However, a less exciting explanation is also possible: With so many prominent claims about the new MacBook, the search traffic for related terms may have been higher. So Apple may have used the tag to direct people to the main video, so that Apple fans could hear the official news (or lack thereof) for themselves.

Either way, with the WWDC announcement dreamed of, our thoughts have changed when we might see the rumored 14-inch MacBook Pro and 16-inch MacBook Pro models, if they actually exist.

The latest prediction from Nikkei Asia claims a vague time window of the second half of 2021, instead of May/June as others had said earlier. That includes Apple’s big fall release window, including the expected iPhone 13 launch period in September, as well as the anniversary of the original M1 MacBook revealed in November.

If the new, more powerful, M-series chip isn’t enough to convince you that you want one of these rumored new MacBooks, there are other features to come, too. For example, the next-generation MaBook Pros are tipped to use Mini-LED displays like the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, and Apple may bring back the MagSafe power connector it removed a few years ago.

But if you want a MacBook Pro right now, check out our round-up of upcoming Amazon Prime Day deals 2021, because you can find great MacBook bargains.

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