Apple could hold a fairly large Worldwide Developers Conference next week, according to Apple Bloombergby Mark Gurman. In addition to the mixed reality headset rumors and the usual updates to its operating systems, Gurman expects Apple to focus on “several” new Macs during the show, he said in a tweet.
Gurman has already reported that a MacBook Air with a larger 15-inch screen and M2 chip is in the works, and it seems possible that it could be one of the stars of the WWDC show. Apple unveiled the redesigned M2-equipped 13-inch Air at last year’s WWDC, so it’s not out of the question that Apple might use the event again to introduce a larger Air.
After we first published this article on Wednesday, Gurman reported that Apple is testing “a few new high-end Macs” with the M2 Max chip and an unannounced M2 Ultra chip. Gurman’s report indicates that these computers may 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 working on revised versions of that machine. And Apple will begin trade-ins on the same day as the WWDC keynote for the 13-inch M2 MacBook Air, 13-inch M2 MacBook Pro and — wouldn’t you know it — the Mac Studio, according to Gurman. To me, all of that feels like proof that the Mac Studio could use a refresh.
Gurman has also reported on Macs with an as-yet-unannounced M3 chip, including MacBook Airs and, perhaps more specifically, the iMac, which hasn’t been refreshed since the launch of the M1 iMac in May 2021. However, Gurman said in March that the iMac doesn’t ship until the second half of the year, so when it shows up at WWDC you might not be able to buy it for a while. (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 transfer all of its Macs from Intel. The best clue we’ve had about that machine is from March 8, 2022, when hardware chief John Ternus said the company would be sharing 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 appear to differ from Apple’s Mac Pro refresh.
Thankfully, we won’t have to wait long to see what Apple is cooking up: the WWDC keynote is scheduled for 1pm ET/10am PT on Monday, June 5. It can contain a lot of news, so if you plan to follow along, bring a snack. We’ll be covering everything from the show, so keep it locked The edge to learn about the latest news from Apple.
Update May 31, 7:16 PM ET: Added details from Mark Gurman indicating Mac Studio upgrades may be announced.