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Apple's 33rd Worldwide Developers Conference officially kicks off on Monday at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time with a keynote where the company will reveal iOS 16, iPadOS 16, macOS 13, watchOS 9, tvOS 16, and possibly some new hardware.

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While WWDC is a software-heavy event, Apple has previewed and announced hardware during the conference in past years. Ahead of this year's conference and amid rumors of a possible Mac-focused announcement on Monday, we thought it'd be fun to take a trip down memory lane and relive some of Apple's biggest hardware news at WWDC.

WWDC 2017: HomePod, iMac Pro, and More

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To kick this list off, we'll start at WWDC 2017, where Apple announced and previewed a host of new and updated products. The most notable announcement at that WWDC was the HomePod, a now-discontinued smart speaker that struggled to gain momentum.

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The second most notable was the preview of the all-new iMac Pro, an also now-discontinued product that was a 27-inch high-end iMac that Apple hoped would cater to the needs of professional customers. The iMac Pro retained the same design as the standard 27-inch iMac, also now discontinued, but in a "badass space gray finish."

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While Apple announced the iMac Pro in June, it didn't begin shipping to customers until December. Apple also gave its lineup of MacBooks a spec bump with Intel's Kaby Lake processors. Apple also refreshed the 21.5-inch and 27-inch iMacs, now both discontinued, with brighter displays, faster storage, and performance.

Outside the Mac and the HomePod, Apple replaced the 9.7-inch iPad Pro with an all-new 10.5-inch model and a redesigned 12.9-inch design. Both iPads were the first to feature Apple's ProMotion technology which has since expanded to the iPhone and MacBook Pro.

WWDC 2018: Nothing

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Following a jam-packed hardware WWDC a year before, at WWDC 2018, Tim Cook seemingly intentionally kicked the conference right off by dismissing any hope that the event will include any hardware announcements. "Today is all about software, and we've got some very exciting updates," Cook said.

WWDC 2019: Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR

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At Apple's last in-person WWDC in 2019, the company previewed the completely redesigned Mac Pro and accompanying Pro Display XDR.

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The Pro Display XDR and the Mac Pro were made available to customers later that year. Apple likely decided to preview both new products at WWDC since they targeted professional customers, not mainstream consumers.

WWDC 2020: Apple Silicon Transition

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At WWDC 2020, Apple didn't explicitly announce a new hardware product, but it did announce a major change for the Mac: it would be moving to Apple silicon. Intel processors had powered the Mac since 2005, and Apple announced its transition away from Intel during the conference.

As part of the transition announcement, Apple gave select developers access to Developer Transition Kits, including a Mac mini outfitted with an A12Z chip. The Mac mini helped developers prepare their apps for the Apple silicon architecture. The first Apple silicon Mac would not get announced until November, but the announcement at WWDC paved the way for the next generation of Mac hardware.

WWDC 2021: Nothing, Again

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Like WWDC 2018, WWDC 2021 included no new hardware, and it focused on iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS.

WWDC 2022: Time Will Tell

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Other than a relatively significant number of changes and new features coming to iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS, we don't know what Apple has in store for WWDC 2022. Bloomberg's Mark Gurman has cast doubt that Apple will showcase its long-rumored AR/VR headset on Monday. Instead, Gurman believes that if any hardware announcement occurs, it's likely to be a redesigned MacBook Air.

Apple teased the release of an Apple silicon Mac Pro during its last event in March, and it remains unclear when a high-end Apple silicon Mac could launch. Given that Apple previewed a Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR at WWDC 2019, one could assume we could hear some news about a new Mac Pro on Monday, but only time will tell.

Apple plans to live stream the WWDC keynote on its website, the ‌Apple TV‌ app, and YouTube, but for those unable to watch, we'll be covering the event on MacRumors.com and through the MacRumorsLive Twitter account.

We'll also have in-depth coverage of all of Apple's announcements throughout the rest of the week and going forward as we test the new software.

Article Link: Looking Back at WWDC Hardware Announcements: HomePod, Mac Pro, and More
 

dantracht

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Whatever is announced, and my guess out of nowhere is the pro, don’t expect it to be available any time soon.
 
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Funny Apple Man

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WWDC tends to be the perfect time for the new Mac Pro to be announced, and they don't have to sell them until the end of the year. It'll be interesting to see if they can meet the two year transition deadline with all of the chip shortages and delays going on.
 

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I highly doubt we will see any hardware announcements this year (It’s more of a rarity, then it is a commonality as it is.) Especially given all the manufacturing delays and concerns.

That’s how I think it should be, is that it doesn’t detract away from what this conference is really about, which is for the developers and future versions of software.
 

Orange Bat

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I believe we’ll see the Mac Pro. That would finish up the transition to Apple Silicone within the 2 year cycle they promised. I don’t know when it will be released, but it will most likely be introduced.

I am still skeptical about M2 being announced. M1 has been a marketing triumph for Apple and I imagine they want to milk it one more year and let it have a year to breathe by itself before introducing the M2. Also, I wouldn’t think they’d want to step on the Mac Studio or Mac Pro’s toes. As soon as the M2 is introduced sales will slow down on all M1 machines in anticipation of new M2 ones. It makes more sense to introduce M2 at 2023’s WWDC, IMO.

We may see an Air, but I wonder if it will be a new MacBook instead, or maybe a new 13 inch MacBook Pro. While Apple has introduced consumer products in the past, it is still a developer conference. Apple is more likely to introduce higher end machines/devices, or brand new products that they need developers to begin working with.
 

now i see it

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From a purely entertainment point of view (fun to gawk) I hope they unveil the new 8,1 Mac Pro - but I sure as heck won’t be buying one.
 

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I highly doubt we will see any hardware announcements this year (It’s more of a rarity, then it is a commonality as it is.) Especially given all the manufacturing delays and concerns.

That’s how I think it should be, is that it doesn’t detract away from what this conference is really about, which is for the developers and future versions of software.
Agreed. If we do see hardware, it'll likely be the Mac Pro.
 

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I want a new AirPort Extreme. I'm in the Wi-fi 6 router market and haven't been happy with EERO. I'd take a new HomePod too.
 

macpro2000

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Definitely the Mac Pro will be announced for a future release. WWDC is typically about professional hardware if they release any...i.e. Mac Pro, and hopefully new XDR.
 
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Joe Mac User

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I love when product names and numbers are listed as "will happen" from people and sites like this. Apple does usually keep going up sequentially in names and numbers, but we also had iPhones with "s" and "g", the XR, XS, etc., and macOS went from 10.15 to 11, 12, etc. People have been talking about M2 processors for the Mac but we have No Idea when or if Apple will release a processor called the M2. They may have many more variants of the M1 series up their sleeves. Same with the next A-series processor.

If I were a writer, I'd hedge my bets and say "the next versions of iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS will likely be shown and made available to developers as a preview release." Unless Tim or Craig was whispering leaks in my ear. ?
 

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WWDC tends to be the perfect time for the new Mac Pro to be announced, and they don't have to sell them until the end of the year. It'll be interesting to see if they can meet the two year transition deadline with all of the chip shortages and delays going on.
I would be disappointed, but not surprised, if a Mac Pro announcement with availability 12/31/22 is the only hardware announcement. I'm really hoping for an M2 Air announcement and Bring out the colorful MacBook Air. ? @TheYayAreaLiving ?
 
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