M1X MACBOOK PRO: Apple’s “California Streaming” event just ended, and it was everything we expected. The iPhone 13, the Apple Watch Series 7, and even a few new iPads are all on the horizon.
Without a question, there’s a lot for one Apple presentation, but it did leave out one highly anticipated device that we’ve been anticipating since WWDC. The MacBook Pro M1X.
While the M1X MacBook Pro was not officially introduced yesterday, we won’t have to wait long. According to the latest sources, the M1X MacBook Pro — both the 14-inch and 16-inch variants — will be available in the coming weeks. These are products that are far too essential for Apple to introduce without a formal event, implying that another Apple event could be on the way soon.
At this point, September 28 or October 5 look like the most likely dates, but it’ll happen shortly.
Despite the fact that this would put the two events in close proximity, Apple normally separates the iPhone and Mac launches. It enables adequate media coverage and buzz to develop around each without causing too much overlap.
So, while yesterday wasn’t the day, the arrival of new MacBooks appears to be on the horizon.
Waiting for the transition to happen
What exactly is the M1X MacBook Pro’s significance? We’ve been waiting with bated breath to see what Apple could do with its “Pro” smartphones since it announced its shift to its own M-series Apple Silicon.
After all, it wasn’t difficult to imagine how Apple would replace the lighter Macs in the lineup, such as the MacBook Air or the entry-level iMac. The M1 chip has been shown to be a powerhouse. Earlier this spring, the new 24-inch iMac provided us a glimpse of what hardware design based around these highly efficient CPUs could look like.
The M1X MacBook Pro, on the other hand, is a different story. The MacBook Pro has a long and illustrious history in the Mac range, and many of us thought the initial M1 MacBook Pro 13-inch, which debuted in late 2020, was a letdown.
It was a worthy successor to the previous 13-inch MacBook Pro, but it didn’t feel like a significant upgrade over the M1 MacBook Air. It used the same M1 processor as the original, with just minor differences in graphical settings. Despite having a completely new CPU inside, it had the same chassis and hardware as the prior Intel-powered device.
In other words, it was a good holdover, but it wasn’t a gadget designed to make use of what Apple Silicon could suddenly offer.
That issue should be addressed by the rumored M1X MacBook Pro. It’ll be available in 14-inch and 16-inch sizes, with a whole new design. Apple’s port restrictions, as well as the Touch Bar, are being dropped. Yes, the next MacBook Pro will very certainly contain HDMI, MagSafe charging, and an SD card port.
Who would have guessed? It’s a significant update, and now that some of the iPad announcements are out of the way, a next Mac-focused event might include even more surprises.