As the countdown to WWDC 2023 begins, the anticipation among Apple enthusiasts and desktop fans reaches new heights. With the upcoming debut of a new 15-inch MacBook Air and the first mixed-reality headset already on the horizon, the buzz grows even louder as recent reports indicate that Apple may introduce the highly anticipated Mac Studio at the event.
Chief Correspondent at Apple, Mark Gurman Tweeted “Apple will start accepting trade-ins of the Mac Studio, 13-inch M2 MacBook Air, and 13-inch M2 MacBook Pro on June 5th, the same day as WWDC. Read into that as you will. I’m expecting new Macs at WWDC.”
These models include the highly anticipated M2 MacBook Air, the 13-inch M2 MacBook Pro, and notably, the Mac Studio. This news has led many to interpret it as a potential indication of an upcoming refresh for the Mac Studio.
Previously, Gurman had predicted that the Mac Studio would undergo updates, contradicting the belief that it was merely a temporary solution until Apple finalized a new Mac Pro. While Gurman refrained from providing a specific launch window in his earlier prediction, the prevailing assumption was that the Mac Studio refresh would not be unveiled at WWDC, considering that the M3 chips were expected to debut at a later time.
It’s important to note that Gurman’s tweet doesn’t explicitly state that the Mac Studio will be refreshed at WWDC. However, enthusiasts are eagerly reading into the trade-in program as a potential indicator of Apple’s intent. It’s also plausible that Apple is introducing the trade-in option to allow consumers to upgrade their hardware in preparation for the rumored mixed-reality headset.
If Apple indeed plans to refresh the Mac Studio, one possible upgrade path is utilizing the existing M2 Max chip, which powers the top-end 2023 MacBook Pros. Although the M2 Max falls short of the M1 Ultra in terms of cores and performance, it still presents an appealing option for those eyeing the entry-level Mac Studio model. Additionally, there is speculation that Apple might surprise users with the unveiling of the M2 Ultra chip, further enhancing the desktop’s capabilities.
The truth behind these rumors will soon be revealed as WWDC 2023 commences on Monday, June 5. As the event draws near, anticipation is building, and Mac fans are poised to witness what promises to be an exceptionally interesting conference. Stay tuned for further updates and announcements from Apple, as the tech giant continues to push the boundaries of innovation in the world of desktop computing.
Source: Mark Gurman Tweet