According to invitations given out today, Apple’s next hardware presentation will take place on October 18th. The company is largely expected to debut a pair of new MacBooks, a redesigned higher-end Mac Mini, and maybe a pair of third-generation AirPods at its second fall event.
Unleashed is the only word mentioned in the invite video. It appears in a dotted font, as shown below in a tweet from Apple marketing executive Greg Joswiak, which could indicate that small LED technology is on the way. The “special” event will begin at 1 PM ET / 10 AM ET and will be streamed live on Apple’s website.
For months, there have been rumors that Apple is about to release new 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro models. The new MacBooks would be the latest stage in Apple’s journey away from Intel CPUs, which would be replaced by an Arm-based processor named the M1X, which Apple would design. The new processor could outperform last year’s M1 chip in terms of performance. Other features that are expected to be included are the return of fan-favorite MacBook features such as magnetic MagSafe charging, an HDMI connector, and an SD card slot. Thankfully, the reviled OLED touch bar may be on its way out. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman recently reported that the company’s existing MacBook Pro stock appeared to be running low.
According to rumors, the same M1X processor will be used in a rebuilt higher-end Mac Mini. The new laptop will apparently contain two Thunderbolt / USB 4 Type-C ports and two USB Type-A ports, up from last year’s M1 model. The modifications should make the new Mac Mini far more appealing to power users.
FFinally, Apple may unveil a new set of AirPods, the new generation of the Apple’s first and original true wireless earbuds. The AirPods are likely to have shorter stems and a revised charging case, comparable to the AirPods Pro.