Apple namechecks the M1X MacBook Pro; mini-LED shortages delaying release
Next-generation MacBook Pros may not have arrived during this year's WWDC keynote, but Apple has left references to what it may have up its sleeve. For some reason, Apple included the tags 'm1x MacBook Pro' and 'm1x' in its YouTube live stream, along with other general tags like iPhone, iPad Pro and iOS 15, among others.
In our opinion, these m1x-related tags could be taken two ways. On the one hand, Apple had planned to announce the M1X chipset and a corresponding Macbook Pro at WWDC21 but refrained from doing so at the last moment. This would fit with claims made by Jon Prosser and Wedbush, on which we have previously reported. On the other hand, Apple may have included these tags to direct people to its Livestream, knowing that they were searching for them. The latter seems more likely, but Apple has acknowledged the M1X and an M1X MacBook Pro, regardless.
Incidentally, DigiTimes now states that Apple originally hoped to mass-produce two MacBook Pros in Q2 2021. However, 'weaker-than-expected' mini-LED module yields prevented it from doing so. Now, DigiTimes' industry sources forecast that Apple has scheduled mass production for Q3 2021, in line with a report by Mark Gurman. Apple is expected to launch next-generation MacBook Pro models in 14-inch and 16-inch screen sizes. These models will see a return to MagSafe charging, the Touch Bar's removal and more ports than current models, as we have previously reported.