Last month, Apple hosted its September event where it announced the new iPhone 13 series, iPad mini, and Apple Watch. But that doesn’t mean Cupertino is over for the year, Apple is expected to host another fall event soon. Although the exact date is unknown, all rumors point to a second material event in October. It’s likely to be an ad-packed event, with a major focus on the new Mac lineup, including the M1X-powered MacBook Pros. Apple is also expected to announce the third generation AirPods 3 and possibly the all-new Mac mini as well.
Here’s what to expect and what to expect at Apple’s big event in October.
When will it be?
If you look at the past model, Apple hosts four events a year: a spring event, its developer conference in the summer, and two fall events before the holiday shopping season. The September event is dedicated to iPhones and other devices, while the October event forms the launch pad for the new Macs and iPads. While Apple hasn’t announced when it plans to host its second fall event of the year, it’s possible it could happen in October or early November. Apple events usually take place on Tuesday. If Apple plans to host an event during the last week of October, the invitations will go out to the press a week before. Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman expects “there will be two events” from Apple this fall.
What to expect at the next Apple event
14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro
As is usually the case with Apple’s events in October, the new Macs will be the star of the show. Despite the chip shortages, Apple is planning a new line of MacBook Pros with the all-new M1X processor. Rumor has it that the new MacBook Pro will be available in 14 and 16 inch screen sizes. That screen will be a mini LED, the same display technology that powers the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. The new MacBook Pros will see a complete overhaul over the years with a flat-edged design that resembles the iPad Pro, a much faster and improved M1X processor with additional GPU cores, the return of the MagSafe charger, an HDMI port and an SD card slot. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says he expects the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros to hit the market in the third quarter of 2021. The two 16-inch 14-inch MacBook Pros will be aimed at creative professionals, video editors and musicians.
A revamped Mac mini “pro”
Last year Apple released a new Mac mini with its M1 processor that looked exactly like the previous generation models. But Cupertino is likely to announce a top-of-the-line Mac mini for the first time, revamping its small-print Mac that has been considered a lifestyle computer. The new top-of-the-line model will be more powerful and will likely replace the Intel models that Apple still sells in the market. The M1X-powered Mac mini will ship with a “plexiglass-like top,” more Thunderbolt ports, a MagSafe power connector, and a magnetic charging connector, just like the new iMac M1.
Apple’s AirPods wireless earbuds have been a surprising success for the company, but the company has yet to refresh the original AirPods since their launch in 2016. The AirPods 2 were a minor refresh besides wireless charging. wire. Reports suggest the AirPods 3 will have built-in features similar to the AirPods Pro, including spatial audio support, a shorter shaft, interchangeable tips, and a smaller charging case. Active noise cancellation (ANC) will not be included. It would be great if Apple launched the new AirPods 3 in a series of candy colors, exploring the fun side. The price of AirPods 3 could be significant, with many TWS selling for $ 100. Right now, the AirPods 2 are priced at $ 159 and $ 199 with wireless charging.
A release date for macOS Monterey
The latest version of macOS, Monterey, was announced at Apple’s annual WWDC this summer. The new macOS named Monterey after the scenic seaside town on the central coast of California comes with a number of new features such as universal control that turns the iPad into a second screen, the revamped Safari browser and more. During the announcement, Apple said macOS Monterey will arrive this year, but Cupertino has not announced the release date. While we still don’t know the exact release date, the October Apple event might be the right platform to reveal deployment plans.
What not to expect at the next Apple event
A brand new MacBook Air
Last year, Apple unveiled the new MacBook Air with the M1 processor. The MacBook Air continues to be a popular Mac for entry-level consumers, and a new version will launch in the coming months with an updated processor, but not this year at least. An update to the MacBook Air seems unlikely this time around, as this laptop is fairly current. But the MacBook Air has an aging design, and we’re expecting a major overhaul. YouTuber Jon Prosser claims the next-gen MacBook Air will have a redesigned chassis and come in a range of fun colors, similar to a 24-inch iMac. A faster M2 processor could power the next MacBook Air. Respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes he might not arrive until Q3 2022.
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