The invites to Apple’s event on Thursday October 27th arrived with a simple slogan, ”Hello again”, that echoed the “Hello” from the first Mac launch back in the eighties. If you were expecting new Mac hardware from Apple after that, you’d be right. Apple’s plans for Thursday are becoming clear, and fans of the MacBook family better check their bank accounts.
Widely expected to see an update to the MacBook Pro line-up, KGI Securities Ming-Chi Kuo has issued a report that says Apple will launch three new models; a thirteen-inch MacBook Pro, a fifteen-inch MacBook Pro, and a new 13-inch MacBook.
The key feature on the new MacBook Pros will be a context-sensitive touchscreen that will replace the physical function key strip. This will give access to popular commands and quick actions that can be determined on an app-by-app basis. The laptops are also expected to pick up TouchID to verify a user’s identity.
Other analysts believe that Apple will trim down the various ports on the hardware, dropping mag-safe and relying primarily on USB-C for connectivity and power (backed up by Thunderbolt 3 depending on the model.
Last year’s new arrival was the MacBook and the twelve-inch device provided to be a lightweight and highly portable laptop. Kuo believes that this year’s MacBook model will bump up the screen size to thirteen inches, although there are no further details. Presumably the specifications of the MacBook Pro will be sufficient to differentiate the two new machines in the marketplace.
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A new refresh to the Mac lineup is expected to happen later this month. A leak on Best Buy's website suggests updated iMac models are on the way, along with updates to the MacBook Pro line, MacBook Air line, and possibly a new standalone 5K display to replace the now discontinued Thunderbolt Display. It is unclear whether Apple will update the Mac Pro or Mac mini but we will have to wait and see. #Apple #Mac #AppleHub
Kuo has an excellent track record when it comes to breaking the news on Apple hardware. Having predicted the launch of the aforementioned MacBook, the iPad Pro, and Apple’s move to 4.7 and 5.5 inch screens on the iPhone (to name three of his predictions), I’ve no reason to doubt the details of the new MacBook Pro and a refreshed MacBook.
He also notes that the new iMacs and external displays are unlikely to be revealed at the event, but if they are announced, do not expect Apple to ship until the first half of 2017.
Unfortunately fans of the MacBook Air appear to be on borrowed time. With the MacBook occupying the same portfolio space for small size and portability this could be the end of the line for the eleven-inch MacBook Air. With Apples current focus on minimalism there’s a finely balanced argument over the survival of the thirteen inch MacBook Air.
As always, Forbes Tech will keep you up to date with the news from the Cupertino Campus on the new hardware, the impact on the market, and whether you should be considering an upgrade to the new laptops.
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