Apples WWDC 2022 conference is today, and there’s been a lot of talk about the chances of launching new hardware. Now well-connected Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman has doubled his previous prediction that the MacBook Pro 2022 will be officially unveiled this week.
“I think the only way it’s not if the factory shutdowns in China create such a gap in supply and release date that it wouldn’t make sense to announce it on Monday,” did he declare. tweeted (opens in a new tab).
The launch of the new MacBook Air is scheduled for WWDC. I think the only way it wouldn’t be if the factory shutdowns in China created such a gap in supply and release date that it wouldn’t make sense to announce it on Monday. https://t.co/Swb1xJ1wNSJune 4, 2022
Suffice it to say, this should be quite long. Recall that in 2017, Apple was perfectly happy to leave a gap of 52 days between the unveiling of the iPhone X and the handset went on sale in November. And that was with another new piece of hardware – the iPhone 8 – obtain a 42-day advance.
However, those who are excited about the possibility of the new MacBook Air getting a facelift will apparently be disappointed.
“The popular idea of the new MacBook Air coming in a range of ‘multiple colors’ is probably overblown,” Gurman wrote in a previous tweet (opens in a new tab). “Right now it’s available in space gray, silver, and gold.”
He added that we might also get his favorite iMac color, blue, and the gold would look more like champagne.
June 6 update: In a follow-up report on Bloomberg (opens in a new tab), Gurman says the new Air will likely come in Dark Blue and Champagne Gold in addition to Space Gray and Silver. It also says to expect MagSafe charging and two USB-C ports.
The widely held idea of the new MacBook Air coming in a range of “multiple colors” is probably overblown. Currently, it is available in space gray, silver, and gold. I wouldn’t expect more of these colors (although the new gold looks more like champagne) plus my favorite iMac color. pic.twitter.com/vYl56FOikgJune 3, 2022
If Gurman is right, it looks like the new MacBook Air won’t reflect the rainbow of colors from the 24 inch iMacbut the more restricted range of iPhone 13 Pro, available in Sierra Blue, Graphite, Gold and Silver. Yes, there is also Alpine Green, but it is a very recent addition and is not part of the original range.
The Bloomberg reporter didn’t add anything else, but we’re hoping for the first sighting of the M2 chipas good as thin bezel, more ports and the return of MagSafe. Were not expecting the screen to be upgraded to mini-LED technology, Nevertheless. You can find a summary of all expected changes coming to upcoming MacBook Air models somewhere else.
One more thing ?
Interesting recent trademark evidence pointed out that Apple would give the world a preview of its next VR/AR headset at WWDC. Gurman didn’t mention this in his tweets, but last week he was somewhat pessimistic that this was a proper launch.
“While Apple’s next mixed reality headset is on full steam ahead – underscored by the device’s recent demo to the company’s board – I’d be wary of expecting a full developer presentation. and consumers next week,” he said.
Importantly, that doesn’t rule out a first look or teaser, and that’s my current thinking. For a big new product line launch to be a success, Apple needs a lot of great software from day one – and it seems a captive audience of developers is the best place to start the ball rolling, even if the final product is still several months away.
We’ll find out for sure on June 6 when the event kicks off with a keynote from CEO Tim Cook at 10 a.m. PT, 1 p.m. ET and 6 p.m. GMT. Here is how to watch WWDC 2022 live.
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