As Apple’s October 27th media event draws nearer, rumors are starting to solidify and we are beginning to get a more clear picture of what Apple will announce at the event.
We’ve heard murmurings of new MacBooks, new MacBook Airs, new MacBook Pros, updated iMacs and even new Cinema Displays of late, and prolific analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI has now weighed in on the matter, apparently confirming that most of those claims are accurate.
Accoding to Kuo, who has been very accurate in such matters over the last few years, Apple will announce a new 13-inch MacBook alongside new 13 and 15-inch MacBook Pros at the event. Unfortunately those looking for updated iMacs and Cinema Displays are going to have to wait until next year, and anyone looking forward to a new Mac Pro has things even worse – no mention of the Mac Pro was made by Kuo at all during the report.
Kicking things off with the 13-inch MacBook, Kuo has not confirmed whether the device will be a direct replacement for the existing 12-inch model of the MacBook or a complimentary option, but we are struggling to understand what Apple would gain from having two notebooks in the same line available with such similar screen sizes.
It’s however possible that the increased size would allow for more powerful innards, but that’s something we may have to wait until next week to confirm one way or another.
The MacBook Pro makes much more sense however. New 13 and 15-inch notebooks are needed given the time since a MacBook Pro refresh took place, and with rumors of a special OLED touch panel (dubbed Magic Toolbar) for context sensitive buttons sounding more and more likely to be accurate, a refresh for the entire line makes plenty of sense. Kuo did mention that there will be ‘many’ changes to the MacBook Pro this year, although there were no specifics given in his report. Previous rumors have suggested USB-C, Thunderbolt 3 support, Touch ID integrated into the power button, new keyboard mechanism, redesigned and slimmer chassis, multiple color options, latest processors, and more.
With the 27th now a few days away, we won’t have to wait too much longer before all our questions are answered. The likely fact that no Mac Pro, iMac or Cinema Display releases are on the cards is one obvious disappointment here, but we can only hope that at least a couple of those are just around the corner.
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