Apple could host a fairly large Worldwide Developers Conference next week, according to Bloombergis Mark Gurman. Along with the rumored mixed reality headset and the usual updates to its operating systems, Gurman expects Apple to focus on “several” new Macs at the show, he said in a tweet.
Gurman has previously reported that a MacBook Air with a larger 15-inch screen and an M2 chip is in the works, and it looks like it could be one of the stars of the WWDC show. Apple unveiled the 13-inch Air equipped with the redesigned M2 at last year’s WWDC, so it’s not out of the question that Apple will use the event again to introduce a larger Air.
After this article was first published on Wednesday, Gurman reported that Apple was testing “a pair of new high-end Macs” with the M2 Max chip and an unannounced M2 Ultra chip. Gurman’s report indicates that these computers could be new versions of the Mac Studio, and given that the Mac Studio is over a year old and has configurations with M1 Max and M1 Ultra chips, it seems possible that Apple is working on revised versions of this machine. And Apple will begin trading on the same day as the WWDC keynote for the 13-inch MacBook Air M2, 13-inch MacBook Pro M2 and, wouldn’t you know, the Mac Studio, according to Gurman. To me, this all sounds like proof that the Mac Studio could use a refresh.
Gurman also reported on Macs with an as-yet-unannounced M3 chip, including MacBook Airs and, perhaps most notably, the iMac, which hasn’t been refreshed since the iMac M1 launched in May 2021. However, Gurman said in March that the iMac might not ship until the second half of the year, so if it makes an appearance at WWDC you might not be able to buy it for a little while. moment. (I also doubt that Apple would introduce M2 and M3 equipped computers at the same event.)
We’re also still waiting for a Mac Pro with Apple silicon, which missed Apple’s self-imposed two-year deadline to switch all of its Macs from Intel. The closest clue we got about this machine was on March 8, 2022, when hardware chief John Ternus said the company would share more about an Apple Silicon Mac Pro “another day.” Gurman said in his Wednesday report that the M2 Ultra was originally designed for a new Mac Pro, but the computers tested apparently differ from Apple’s Mac Pro refresh.
Luckily, we don’t have to wait long to see what Apple is up to: its WWDC keynote is scheduled for 1pm ET / 10am PT on Monday, June 5. There could be a lot of news, so if you plan to follow, be sure to bring a snack. We’ll be covering everything from the show, so keep it locked The edge to learn about all the latest from Apple.
Updated May 31, 7:46 p.m. ET: Added details from Mark Gurman indicating that Mac Studio upgrades may be announced.