Four Macs We’re Expecting From Apple at WWDC 2022 (And One Mac We’re Not Expecting)

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On Monday, June 6th, Apple will address upcoming changes to its iOS and macOS operating systems, as well as other major software announcements. Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is a developer-focused event where the Cupertino-based company loves to share details on the latest software updates for iPhones, iPads and Macs. Although it’s a software-centric event, Apple could use the stage to announce new Macs with the next-gen M-series chipsets.

What can Mac consumers and pro-level users expect this year? Let’s recap what Apple might be unveiling at WWDC 2022 in terms of Mac hardware.

The all-new MacBook Air

The MacBook Air remains the most popular Mac out there, and there’s a reason people love this computer so much. The MacBook Air is one of the fastest laptops in its segment, but it’s also lightweight and costs about the same as popular ultraportable Windows laptops. If the latest rumors are to be believed, the Air is getting a major refresh and the new model could be announced as early as next week at WWDC.

The next generation MacBook Air is expected to come in different colors similar to the newer iMacs. It will still have a thin and light design, but the classic tapered edge will be replaced with a flat-edge design similar to the iPad Pro and iPad Air. It’s also expected to get white frames around the screen, a 1080p Full HD webcam and revised ports. It is unclear whether Apple will pack the upcoming M2 chip into the Air. However, a March tweet from trusted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts that the next MacBook Air will have an M1 chip rather than an M2 processor. He also stressed that production for the next-generation MacBook Air might not start until late in the second or third quarter.

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Meanwhile, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman believes the new MacBook Air will feature the M2 chipset as these laptops are already being tested, although supply chain disruptions related to Covid-19 have made things a bit more complicated. In his latest newsletter, Gurman believes that when Mac hardware shows up at WWDC, it will likely be the MacBook Air, although he previously stated it won’t show up until after September 2022.

New Mac Pro with Apple Silicon

At the company’s March event, John Ternus, Apple’s senior vice president of hardware engineering, took the stage to present the teaser for a new Apple Silicon Mac Pro. Not much is known about the professional Mac Pro that will replace the 2019 Mac Pro, which has an Intel chip inside and a modular, powerful Mac tower.

One possibility is that the updated Mac Pro could include the same M1 Ultra chip as the Mac Studio. The Mac Pro could have a smaller body and lower price. Another speculation is that Apple will release a souped-up version of the M1 Ultra chip and market it under a different name and use case.

The existing Mac Pro, which is still available in the Apple Store, starts at $5999 and goes up to $50,000 for the top-end model. Keep in mind that you’ll have to shell out another $4999 to get a 6K 32-inch Pro Display XDR.

Mac Mini with M2

Two years ago, in addition to the MacBook Air, Apple also updated the Mac mini with the M1 chip. Now it would be interesting if Apple presented an updated version of the Mac mini at next week’s WWDC. According to leaks and reports, the computer will likely have a glossy, “pixelated glass-like” finish, similar to the original Mac mini from 2005. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman has spoken in the past about how he expects Apple to upgrade the Mac mini to two variants : one with the M2 chipset and one with an M1 Pro chipset.

The new Mac Mini is also expected to feature four Thunderbolt ports, two USB-A ports, HDMI, Ethernet, and a magnetic power connector. Although interest in desktop computers has waned, Apple continues to sell the Mac mini. Honestly, it makes sense that Apple would continue to support the cheapest Mac desktop.

13 inch MacBook Pro

Last updated in late 2020, the 13-inch MacBook Pro occupies an odd place in Apple’s Mac lineup. The 13-inch MacBook Pro isn’t as fast as the 14- or 16-inch MacBook Pros, nor is it as affordable and light as the entry-level MacBook Air. So why would Apple want to keep the 13-inch MacBook Pro? Well the answer is less complicated than it seems. Regardless of what subject matter experts and insiders say, the 13-inch MacBook Pro will continue to attract a group of users who don’t want to pay a hefty price for a 14-inch or 16-inch MacBook Pro, but still want a lightweight more professional Laptop.

It might be easier for Apple to market the new 13-inch MacBook Air to those who want a Touch Bar and better battery life. The new 13-inch MacBook Pro may get the same M2 processor as the next MacBook Air, along with similar storage and memory options.

Not a new 27-inch iMac

The 27-inch iMac, an all-in-one desktop computer aimed at professionals, is due for an upgrade. And while Gurman has spoken of a larger iMac Pro with M1 Pro and M1 Max chip options, it’s unlikely to show up any time soon. With the M1 silicon family, Apple has finally streamlined its Mac lineup with a solid strategy. The recent launch of Mac Studio and the expected upgrade to the Mac Pro will mean that Apple no longer needs a dedicated “Pro” line of desktops just to show off more power.

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