New rumors suggest that Apple will not only show off a new MacBook Air at its WWDC 2022 event starting June 6, but also a new Mac mini, with both devices using the M2 chip.
In some ways, that’s not too surprising, because when the MacBook Air (M1, 2020), which saw the debut of Apple’s M1 chip, was launched, Apple also released a new Mac mini (M1 , 2020) which also came with the M1 chip.
So if Apple is indeed planning to release a new MacBook Air, it makes sense that it would also show off a Mac mini to help showcase the new M2 chip.
The M1 chip was Apple’s first attempt to create a chip for its computing products, following the end of a long-standing partnership with Intel. It ended up being a huge success, with Apple’s experience making chips for its iPhones and iPads translating well to computers. The M1-powered Macs and MacBooks offered excellent performance and battery life, and sales were among the best the company had ever seen. We were so impressed with the MacBook Air (M1, 2020) that it has remained at the top of our list of best laptops since its release.
So it’s no surprise that Apple is working on a successor to the M1, as well as two popular products to showcase it. What is surprising, however, is that rumors (reported by Notebookcheck) suggest they will be shown at WWDC 2022.
While we had heard that Apple was preparing two M1 Macs for WWDC 2022, the LeaksApplePro Twitter account, which often posts accurate Apple leaks, suggests that the Mac mini M2 and MacBook Air M2 will be the two Macs in question.
Audition of M2 MacBook Air and M2 Mac mini at WWDC.April 21, 2022
Apple’s WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) is, as the name suggests, primarily for developers working on software and apps for Apple devices. It is not usually associated with big material revelations.
Apple usually holds its own events to launch brand new iPhones, for example, and the latest MacBook Air and latest M1 chip were launched at a special event on November 10, 2020. So in some ways the decision to Apple to present it as WWDC is perplexing, especially for people who think a dedicated event later in the year would give any new Mac or MacBook more of a chance to shine.
However, this is also not beyond the possibilities. Apple has announced new hardware at WWDC in the past, such as the HomePod and iMac Pro in 2017 and the new Mac Pro in 2019.
There’s also the fact that a new and improved M2 chip will have big implications for developers, so announcing the M2 at WWDC 2022, and showing off its improved performance and new features, and explaining how developers can use them, has sense.
If Apple is is going to reveal the M2 at WWDC 2022, it also makes sense to show off some devices that will use it. After all, Apple isn’t the kind of company to have someone on stage and wave a chip around (unlike AMD or Intel).
Analysis: The Mac mini could steal the show
If the new MacBook Air and Mac mini are indeed shown at WWDC 2022, I actually think the Mac mini could be the star of the show. Most of the devices shown at WWDC are aimed at professionals, and while the new MacBook Air is undoubtedly a fantastic laptop, it’s a much more mainstream device.
However, a Mac mini bloated with the latest technology from Apple could really interest WWDC attendees. Without the constraints of having to be battery-powered and portable, the new Mac mini could really show off what the M2 chip can do.
Of course, there is something else to consider. The MacBook Air and Mac mini M1 were released alongside a third device: the 13-inch MacBook Pro (M1, 2020). Although we haven’t heard any rumors, could Apple also release a MacBook Pro M2 at WWDC? If so, then this might be the device generating the most excitement by far.