We’ve anticipated an October Apple Event for some time now. With Google revealing new Pixel phones on 19th October, we were certain we’d have to wait until at least the 26th for Apple’s announcements. They’ve surprised us once again. The event will be held on 18th October, and looks set to unveil the refreshed Mac mini we’ve all been waiting for – along with the new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros.
So, join us as we uncover what to expect at this year’s Special October Event.
14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros
These new models are predicted to have mini-LED screens, thinner bezels, large displays, and the M1X processor. Not only that, the MacBook Pro logo could be removed altogether (according to accurate Apple leaker DylanDKT).
On the 14-inch device, we expected to see a revamp of the 13-inch model with a flatter design. Analyst Ming Chi Kuo disclosed it will have a similar heat pipe system to the 16-inch MacBook Pro, leading to an increased thermal headroom, and enhanced performance to boot.
Both the 14 and 16 inch are anticipated to come with Wi-Fi 6, plus additional ports (incorporating an SD slot). The Touch Bar is said to be gone – but MagSafe could be back.
Word on the street is that a fresh Mac mini will hold the new M1X chip, boosting 10 cores. This is expected to have a 16- or 32-GPU option, as well at least 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage. Design wise, there’ll be four Thunderbolt 4 ports and a HDMI 2.0, plus support for three displays. It’s even rumoured to have a plexiglass top, which may lead to colour choices – much like the revamped Macs earlier in 2021.
Dependable leaker Proser published renderings of the device back in May of this year, plus DylanDKT said it would get the same chip as the MacBook Pros. So, we think these updates to the Mac mini are likely to go ahead.
Lastly, it might be time for the AirPods 3 to make an appearance. These were originally expected at Apple’s Special September Event, but the company released iPhones and a new iPad instead. Whilst they’re anticipated to have shorter stems, a similar case to the AirPods Pro, and (potentially) silicone ear tips, they still wouldn’t hold Active Noise Cancellation – though this does make them the more affordable option.
It’s likely that the AirPods 3 weren’t announced in September because Apple were giving free sets to students who purchased their products. However, with more than seven of their suppliers now entering the production stages, we can definitely see them making their debut at the Apple Special October Event.
Mac business leasing
There you have it. Those are our key predictions for the upcoming event. Whether or not they materialise remains to be seen, but we’ll produce our usual round up of the main announcements soon after. One thing we can be certain of is that these high-quality devices will come with a premium price tag. Thankfully, there is another option.
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