Apple’s “California Streaming” event just ended, and it was exactly what we thought it would be. iPhone 13, Apple Watch Series 7, AirPods 3 and even a new iPad.
That’s enough for an Apple event, no doubt, but it did leave a much-anticipated product that we’ve been waiting for since WWDC. M1X MacBook Pro.
While the M1X MacBook Pro wasn’t announced today, the good news is we won’t have to wait long. Latest reports suggest that the M1X MacBook Pro – both 14-inch and 16-inch models – is set to launch within the next few weeks. These are products that are too important for Apple to release without a proper event, which means we could have another Apple event very soon.
At this point September 28th or October 5th seem like the most likely candidates, but either way, it’s coming soon.
Although this would make the two events very close to each other, separating the iPhone launch from the Mac launch is generally how Apple operates. This allows for proper media attention and buzz around each without too much overlapping.
So, while it wasn’t today, the day for the new MacBook seems to be just around the corner.
What’s so important about the M1X MacBook Pro anyway? Well, ever since Apple announced its transition to its M-series of Apple silicon, we’ve been waiting to see what it can do with its “Pro” devices.
After all, it wasn’t hard to imagine how Apple would replace lighter Macs in a lineup like the MacBook Air or entry-level iMac. The M1 chip proved to be a great performer. And the new 24-inch iMac gave us a glimpse of what the hardware design built around these highly efficient chips might look like earlier this spring.
But then we come to the M1X MacBook Pro. The MacBook Pro has a storied legacy in its Mac lineup, and many of us felt that the original M1 MacBook Pro 13-inch that launched in late 2020 was a bit sluggish.
It was a solid replacement for the previous 13-inch MacBook Pro, but it didn’t feel like a worthwhile step up over the M1 MacBook Air. It ran the same M1 chip, with only minor differences in graphics options. It had the same chassis and hardware as previous Intel-powered models, despite being a brand new chip.
In other words, it was a nice hold-over, but it wasn’t a device built around what was now possible with Apple Silicon.
The rumored M1X MacBook Pro should fix that problem. It is believed to be coming in 14-inch and 16-inch versions, and a new design. Along with Apple’s limitations on ports, the Touch Bar is being removed. That’s right – the next MacBook Pro will include the return of HDMI, MagSafe charging, and an SD card slot.
Who would have thought? It’s a big update, and along with some of the iPad’s announcements, the upcoming Mac-centric event may have a few more surprises in store as well.