Apple is being somewhat secretive with their event that is scheduled to happen on the 27th of this month at Apple’s Cupertino campus.
The invite, rather minimal in nature has the words “Hello Again” at the top. If you recall, ‘hello” was the word used to introduced the original Mac back in 1984. Does this mean that we can expect a refreshed lineup of Mac?
If all the rumors are true, while most of them do point out to a refresh of most of Apple’s MacBook computers, we could finally see a new lineup of MacBook Pros. What a time to be alive. The MacBook Pro with retina display has not seen much of an update in over a year. Additionally, the base MacBook Pro has not been upgraded since its’ original launch in June 2012.
There are rumors that the MacBook Air, which is Apple’s entry-level laptop is either in its last stages of life or about to be completely overhauled. The Macs too are in need of a bit of an upgrade as some models not even getting a processor upgrade in years. The exception being the ultra-thin MacBook, which was upgraded in the spring.
Apart from upgrading old hardware, what else can we expect from the event? Well, again we don’t really know. But according to rumors, we could be seeing a new design for the new MacBook Pro. The row of function keys on top of the keyboard are to be replaced with an OLED touch pad. Similar to how the Razer DeathStalker Ultimate keyboard operates, both functions and icons on the keys could change to reflect the active app.
The new MacBook Pros are also rumored to be thinner and lighter. They could also feature Intel’s seventh-generation Kaby Lake Core processors. They will also reportedly have four USB-C ports and a headphone jack. Furthermore, the four USB-C ports are also rumored to be Thunderbolt 3, thus replacing the existing MacBook Pro’s two Thunderbolt 2, two USB 3.0 ports and HDMI port.
The SD card slot and MagSafe charging port are also rumored to be taken off the new Macbook Pro.
The power button could also act as a Fingerprint sensor similar to that of the iPhone and iPad. This would further increase security and also allow users to carry out online purchases in Safari through Apple Pay using fingerprint authentication.
With all these rumors floating around, it does look like October 27th will be a day of surprises courtesy of Apple. Guess we’ll just have to wait and see. In the meantime, stocking up on Coffee seems to be a good idea because the 27th could be a long day/night for us.
You can click here to visit the Event page and add the event to your calendar as well.