Selling your old Apple device to buy a new one can be a high-stakes game. Do it before Apple announces the replacement and you can bank a few extra bucks because a) you’re selling the latest-gen product and b) the market’s not yet saturated with other sellers doing the same thing.
The catch? You’d better be confident that Apple’s going to announce the product you think it will. Because if it doesn’t, you’ll be stuck with no device at all. That appears to have happened to a handful of Apple users who were confident that Monday’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote would include the launch of next-gen MacBook Pros powered by M2 chips.
Apple didn’t unveil new laptops — and now people who sold their computers to gear up for new ones are not too happy about the situation.
The new 16-inch and 14-inch MacBook Pro models are rumored to boast a redesigned chassis, a built-in SD card reader and HDMI port and a restored MagSafe charger. They also reportedly will run on the next-generation Apple Silicon processor, picking up from the M1 that debuted last year. (They supposedly will do away with the Touch Bar as well.)
MacBook Pros on the way?
Apple doesn’t usually debut hardware at WWDC, which mostly reserved for software these days. Nonetheless, generally reliable tipster Jon Prosser seemed supremely confident new MacBooks were indeed on the way. Prosser tweeted “i can confirm macbook pro is coming” back in May, in response to a post about WWDC.
Not everyone was convinced, though. After Monday’s keynote, Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman tweeted: “Getting lots of questions about where the MacBook Pro is. Did anyone reputable say there would be one today? Have only heard as early as summer, which starts in two weeks.” Ahead of the event, Apple didn’t take down its Online Store, which is usually a sign that new hardware is on the way.
Prosser seemed to take the lack of new MacBook Pros on the chin, joking on Twitter about his 0% prediction rate for WWDC in the past. Last year, he claimed iOS would be renamed iPhoneOS. Earlier this year, another wrong prediction cost the Apple tipster his eyebrows.
Nonetheless, not everyone appears to have seen the funny side of the situation — and they let Prosser know about it. “Sold my 16 inch MacBook 2 days back because of you!!” tweeted one user.
“I literally sold my M1 MBP because I was anticipating they will release a new 16″ MBP, WTF man??” wrote another. A third tweeted simply: “Not the time for jokes.”
Since this is the internet, there is, of course, no way of knowing for sure whether they actually did sell their devices. Cult of Mac reached out to some of the supposed sellers, and will update this post if they respond.
Either way, though, it’s a reminder that Apple rumors aren’t always accurate. And you probably shouldn’t base your selling decisions on somewhat sketchy reports.