Apple sends invites for October event
Apple confirmed Tuesday it is holding its second fall event of the year on October 18. The broadcast is to start at 10 a.m. PT/ 10:30 pm IST on the Apple website. Details were confirmed through an invitation sent by mail.
Apple held its September event where it announced the new iPhone 13 series, iPad mini, and Apple Watch.
The upcoming event will be jam-packed with announcements, with a major focus on the new Mac lineup, including the long-rumored M1X-powered MacBook Pros.
Apple is also likely to announce the third-generation AirPods 3 and maybe the all-new Mac mini too.
Here’s what we can expect at Apple’s big October event.
14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros
New Macs will be the star of the show. Despite the chip shortages, Apple is planning a revamped MacBook Pro lineup featuring the all-new M1X processor. Rumour has it that the new MacBook Pro will come in 14-inch and 16-inches screen sizes. This display will be a mini LED, the same display technology that powers the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
New MacBook Pros will see a complete redesign in years with a flat-edged design that resembles the iPad Pro, a much faster and improved M1X processor with additional GPU cores, the MagSafe charger’s return, an HDMI port, and an SD card slot.
Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says that he expects the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro to be released in the third quarter of 2021. Both 14-inch 16-inch MacBook Pros will be aimed at creative professionals, video editors, and musicians.
Just last year, Apple debuted a new Mac mini with its M1 processor that looked exactly like previous-generation models. But Cupertino is likely to announce a high-end Mac mini for the first time, revamping its small-print Mac that has been seen as a lifestyle computer.
The new high-end model will be more powerful and will likely replace the Intel models Apple is still selling in the market.
The M1X-powered Mac mini will come with a “plexiglass-like top”, more Thunderbolt ports, a MagSafe power connector, and a magnetic charging connector — just like the new M1 iMac.
Apple’s AirPods wireless earbuds have been a surprise success for the company but the company has yet to give the original AirPods a significant refresh since their launch back in 2016. The AirPods 2 was a minor refresh in addition to wireless charging.
Reports suggest the AirPods 3 will have similar built-in features to the AirPods Pro, including spatial audio support, a shorter stem, interchangeable tips, and a smaller charging case.
Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) won’t be included.
It would be great if Apple launches the new AirPods 3 in a series of candy colors, exploring the fun side. The price of the AirPods 3 could be important. Right now, AirPods 2 are priced at $159 and $199 with wireless charging.
With so many products lined up, it’s going to be one hell of a busy quarter for the tech giant.
So, which product are you eagerly waiting for?
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