, Will be the second event of Apple’s fall and possibly the last event of the year. The invitation the company has sent out this time gives no indication of what announcement we should expect, but thanks to the variety of leaks and reports, we have some good ideas about what it will look like.
All signs point to the event titles pointing to the new 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro models. Apple will return the watch to its flagship laptop, undoing many of the design features defined by the line since late 2016. Oh, and the touch bar will obviously get the ax, setting a standard function key for OLED strip replacement.
Beyond this change, the new MacBook Pro is expected to have a thinner bezel. According to display analyst Ross Young, it could come up with a mini-LED panel capable of refreshing its screen at 120Hz. Ross suggests that this feature may be included in both models, but Apple knows, it could be something that is only available in top-level 16-inch models or an add-on that costs extra. In addition, there are reports of 14- and 16-inch models that support maximum resolutions of 3,024 x 1,964 and 3,456 x 2,224, which would be a major upgrade over current 13- and 16-inch MacBook professionals.
Yes, the new 14 “and 16” MacBook Pros will have mini LEDs and we believe they will also refresh 120Hz.
– Ross Young (@DSCCRoss) October 12, 2021
Internally, the MacBook Pro will include Apple’s latest system-on-a-chip, probably known as the M1X. According to a recent report from , M1X will have two variants, the main difference between the two will be the number of their graphics cores. In addition to offering faster performance than the M1, the new chip could come with support for up to 32GB of RAM, which makes it even better for tasks like coding and video editing.
Speaking of the M1X, it could be linked to other announcements Apple plans for October 18th. In August, Gurman said Apple had redesigned to include new processors and add additional ports. At the time, he mentioned that the desktop would be launched shortly “in the next few months.” Recent reports say that a new Mac Mini is not a guarantee for next week, but Apple may still surprise us. We know from Gurman and analyst Ming-Chi Kuo that Apple is also working on a newly designed MacBook Air, but the company is reportedly not announcing that device until sometime next year.
Given the timing of the event and the potential focus on Mac hardware, Apple will almost certainly announce a release date for it. The company has previewed the next version of its desktop operating system at WWDC 2021, which shows how features will be built and built on the features that were introduced by 2020. OS. Still, we bet Mac fans will be interested to know when we can download the software.
We could see that the company has announced a new set of airpods instead of the current one. Apple has not updated its original wireless earbuds since 201 original when it released a minor update that adds support for inductive charging. Taking a page from, the new model is expected to feature an updated design with smaller stalks, but they will not include more premium features like the ANC. Leading up to next week’s event, we both saw pictures of the third-generation AirPod leaked. So it’s not clear how much Apple plans to lean on the AirPods Pro design.
We’ll note here that AirPods weren’t a frequent feature of Apple’s hardware events. Outside of that, when earbuds were unveiled in 2016, Apple announced all subsequent models, including through press releases. We can see that the company is doing the same thing with the new “basic” model here. One last thing the company might mention at the event is that Apple Music is coming. Given that you can already access it, it’s not a leap for the streaming service to be available there as well.
So you have it, that’s what we’re likely to see Apple share on October 18th. As always, the company may surprise us, so you’ll want to visit Engadget on the day of the event. We will get extensive coverage of the latest announcements of the company.
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