After a few years of Ho-Hum MacOS announcements, recent WWDC keynotes have brought some significant Mac announcements, causing some much-needed excitement for the Mac platform. Now, around the corner of WWDC 2022, will Apple be able to keep up with the pace of the Mac?
We hope to see at the event it can certainly do with a few key announcements. Nothing will be as important as the initial Apple Silicon announcement, but Apple could release something big that will continue to brighten the spotlight on the Mac. Here are the Mac announcements we’ll see in WWDC 2022 in order of preference.
When Apple introduced the Mac conversion from Intel CPU to its own M1 system on a chip (SOC), the company said it would be a two-year process. WWDC 2022 is a two-year mark, and as Apple’s senior VP John Tarnas mentioned during the March Mac Studio event, there’s only one Mac left to convert, the Mac Pro.
However, expectations about the Mac Pro are lower than SoC (I’ll elaborate in the next section), and more about what Apple will do to meet the needs of the machine itself and Mac Pro users. Will Apple build a Tower Mac? What is material strength? What kind of access will internal users have? How much will it be upgradable?
Many questions that we hope to answer on June 6. I can’t help but think Apple would like to stop this change on a large scale, so I have high hopes especially for this announcement.
Next generation Apple Silicon
Apple is wrapping up one transition, but another is about to begin: the transition from M1 series to M2 series SoCs. The Mac Pro will probably have some configurations that enhance the performance of the M1 Ultra, its fastest Mac SoC, so the company has reached the top of the M1 series. Apple seems to be in a two-year cycle with its Mac Silicon, so the timing seems right to start the next series, although recent rumors suggest that the wait may be a bit longer.
But if Apple decides to unveil the M2 at WWDC, it will probably be a “preview” rather than a full release with the product announcement. John Tarnas could even make another one-line tease about it যেক any kind of recognition would help keep the M-Series marketing momentum going. Apple has released the M1 Macs in the fall of 2020, so hopefully the entry-level M2 will be released in the fall as well. That’s when we get nitty-hard on the chip.
(Although I’ve personally lost interest in what Intel does, chip enthusiasts and people who like to get involved in technology debates tend to be more focused on the biggest PC chipmaker. Addition will add some spark to the marketing game.)
I’m happy today
WWDC isn’t usually the place for consumer notebooks, but the MacBook Air can be an exception. Slim bezels, even smaller footprints, and a huge redesign with colors other than Space Gray, Silver and Gold have been rumored for over a year. The MacBook Air hasn’t been that exciting for some time এমনকি even the 2018 model was originally a repeat of the previous version কিন্তু but if the rumors are true, the new model will be one of the most exciting laptops of the year.
We’re expecting a throwback to the original iBook, much like the 24-inch iMac was a compliment to the original iMac. The M1 MacBook Air is a great machine but it is not an exciting one. A redesigned model with or without an M2 processor would be a great way to bring back the thrill.
macOS 13 features, modifications and proper names
We’ve posted our macOS 13 wishlist and will take a closer look at the keynote to see if any of our wishes come true. The list includes some of the items we want more than others বিশেষ in particular, the desktop widget (the ability to take widgets out of the notification center and place them on the desktop), and more powerful control centers that are customizable and have more modules, even from third-party developers.
One thing Apple really needs to do for MacOS is fix long-term bugs and optimize the system. As I said in the macOS 13 wishlist, I would be very happy if Apple did these things and did nothing else – no new features.
The name macOS indicates how big the release is. For example, MacOS Monterey has been renamed Monterey Bay, which is part of the larger Big Sur region of Central California – and the version of MacOS before Monterey was called Big Sur. And with Big Tune, its UI changes, support for iOS and iPadOS apps on the M1 Macs and much more was a major upgrade over Monterey.
But if you’re not familiar with the locations in California that Apple uses, it’s lost to you. Then it’s just a name, and in the case of macOS, it doesn’t really mean anything other than being an alternative point of reference to the version number.
Regardless, Mac users are investing in MacOS and this is a highly anticipated announcement. When Apple’s senior VP Craig Federighi reaches this point in the WWDC keynote, expectations and excitement increase, and the name combines the vague notion of an OS update and makes it a reality. Then once the name is decided, there is a heated debate over whether it is a good choice.
Based on Apple’s trademark filing, MacOS’s next name seems to mean “mammoth”. In addition to a location in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California, the term itself implies that the Max 13 has some big changes and features for the Mac. The rumor match did not meet the macOS 13 big change report, so I don’t think the “mammoth” name. I think they will save it for a big release down the road.
M1 Pro / M1 Max Mac Mini
When Apple’s John Tarnas said that the Mac Pro was the only Mac that could be converted to Apple Silicon, he specifically mentioned the Mac Pro, but it wasn’t the only Mac left. There’s also the high-end Mac Mini এই the 0 1,099 model still using an Intel CPU
There is a gap between Apple’s M1 lineup between the iMac and Mac Studio, and a pro-level Mac mini would fit that slot perfectly. The report states that this Mac Mini could be updated with an M1 Pro and M1 Max and may have support for more GPU cores and more RAM.
Apple discontinued the iMac Pro last year, but reports suggest that Apple may bring it back. It may have a 27-inch display and an M1 Pro and M1 Max SoC, and it may have a design similar to the 24-inch iMac, but not in the Silver and Space Gray Pro color palette.
There have also been reports of a 27-inch stand-alone Mac Mini-LED display, but could this be a case of the display mixing with the iMac Pro? That’s what happened on the studio display; Liquor mistakenly studio displays for an iMac. Either way, Apple seems to be working on a 27-inch display SomethingAnd we hope it’s published at WWDC.