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Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is fast approaching, and many are eagerly anticipating the tech giant’s latest hardware announcements. However, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman believes that the highly-anticipated Apple silicon Mac Pro will not be among them.
In a recent conversation with MacRumors, Gurman explained that while he still expects the new Mac Pro to launch this year, it is unlikely to emerge at WWDC in June. This marks a significant delay from its original expected launch date, which has left many Apple enthusiasts disappointed.
Gurman also revealed that the next-generation Mac Studio is unlikely to contain M2-series chips. Instead, Apple is postponing the device’s refresh until the M3 generation to avoid cannibalizing the new Mac Pro. While this may be a wise decision from a business standpoint, it means that Mac Studio fans will have to wait even longer for a significant hardware upgrade.
In other news, Gurman shared that the new 15-inch MacBook Air, which will contain an M2 chip, was originally supposed to launch last year. This delay could potentially lead to the 13-inch MacBook Air running on a separate chip upgrade cycle to the 15-inch model. This could mean that the smaller device may receive the M3 chip well before it comes to the larger model, leaving some Apple fans wondering how the company plans to align the chip upgrade cycle of the two devices in the long term.
Finally, following up on an earlier report, Gurman stated that he now expects the “in-air typing” text input method to be present on Apple’s mixed-reality headset when it launches. Despite its “finicky” experience, the feature is likely to be included in the device.
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However, Gurman added that the headset’s two-hour battery life may remain unchanged through successive generations of the mixed-reality headset, much like how the two standard Apple Watch model sizes have had no battery life improvements since their announcement in 2014.
While many Apple fans may be disappointed by the lack of news surrounding the Apple silicon Mac Pro, the delayed launch could potentially mean a better product in the long run. As for the other hardware announcements, only time will tell what Apple has in store for its loyal customers.