Dear AAPL stock fans, mark your calendars for June 6
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Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) stock is up today ahead of an expected announcement of a new MacBook Air. Investors and Apple fans alike suspect the tech giant will unveil its latest iteration of the popular laptop at this year’s WorldWide Developers Conference (WWDC).
According to a recent Bloomberg report by Mark Gurman, Apple has several potential announcements prepared for WWDC, scheduled for June 3 this year.
According to Gurman, the Mac side of Apple’s business remains the most likely candidate for a hardware reveal at WWDC.
If there is material at WWDC, it will probably be on the Mac side. The company aimed to launch the next MacBook Air with M2 chips at the conference. The recent supply chain crisis due to Covid-related shutdowns in China has complicated this, but developers say Apple employees are increasingly using next-generation MacBook Airs with their apps. It’s a sign that the new Mac is near.
WWDC is usually when Apple’s management dives into its software plans for the next year. This time around, however, Apple fans have plenty of announcement rumors to look forward to across a number of company dimensions. The new MacBook Air is probably at the top of the list, and should be the biggest redesign in Air history.
Apple has apparently been aiming to launch the new MacBook Air for some time, but has struggled with supply chain issues stemming from Covid-19-related shutdowns in China. However, there remains both evidence and hope that June’s WWDC will showcase the new Air, featuring the next-gen M2 chip.
AAPL stock climbs on potential WWDC announcements
The company is also rumored to announce new MacBook Pro models. As such, tech fans are hoping to see a the whole class of new Apple laptops at WWDC. This includes:
- A mid-weight Air model, complete with eight CPU cores and 10 GPU cores.
- A mini MacBook with the same specs as the Air.
- A high-end 14- or 16-inch MacBook Pro with “M2 Max” chips, with 12 CPU cores and 38 GPU cores.
Apple may also introduce its latest and greatest upcoming operating system, iOS 16. This new version of iOS is expected to have a host of new and improved features. Highlights include: better multitasking support and the addition of iPad multitasking, updates to the Messages and Health apps, and a new lock screen redesign.
There are also signs that the company might also unveil its long-awaited mixed reality headset, although Gurman doubts a full-fledged “realityOS” unveiling.
In terms of new hardware… although Apple’s next mixed reality headset is full steam ahead – underscored by the device’s recent demo to the company’s board – I’d be wary of expecting a presentation complete for developers and consumers next week.
AAPL is up less than one percent so far today, on an otherwise tepid day for the markets.
As of the date of publication, Shrey Dua did not hold (either directly or indirectly) any position in the securities mentioned in this article. The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, subject to InvestorPlace.com publishing guidelines.