Apple has made official the next special event to be held on 27 October, 2016. The event is going to be held at their Apple HQ at Cupertino, California unlike the previous Apple event where the iPhones and Apple Watch Series 2 were announced at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California.
The event will start at the usual time of 10:30pm IST and last for around 2 hours. This appears to be the last event that is going to be held at the current Apple HQ before Apple moves to the grand Campus 2 which is going to have a much bigger auditorium just for events like these.
What’s unusual about this event is that it’s being held just 50 days after the last event. Also the event is being held just two days after the Apple investor news event where the results of the fourth quarter of the FY 16 are to be announced. Last the year the results were announced on 27 October, 2015.
This also makes it the fourth event of this year, the first being held on 21 March, 2016 where the iPhone SE & iPad Pro were announced. The second event was the WWDC held in June, 2016 and third and largest being the 7 September, 2016 event where the iPhones and Apple Watch Series 2 were unveiled.
The event is widely expected to announce new Mac lineup and it seems Apple is timing the event to maximize their sales during the upcoming holiday season.
The Apple event will be streamed live on the internet using their proprietary HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) technology. Best way to catch the action is on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with Safari on iOS 7.0 or later, a Mac with Safari 6.0.5 or later on OS X v10.8.5 or later, or a PC with Microsoft Edge on Windows 10.
Streaming via Apple TV requires an Apple TV (2nd or 3rd generation) with software 6.2 or later or an Apple TV (4th generation). Windows users with older browsers are out of luck.
The event may not be as anticipated as the last one where iPhones were announced but the event likely to unveil new Mac lineup many models of which have not seen an update for quite some time.
The most anticipated device to be unveiled during this event is going to be the MacBook Pro. The MacBook Pro has not had a design change since 2012 and in the world of technology that’s an eon ago. The new MacBook Pro is likely to get a physical makeover and shave some millimeters off.
The thinner and lighter MacBook Pro is likely to incorporate Touch ID, a first for a Mac. The Touch ID would allow users to authenticate themselves for tasks such as making payments online through Apple Pay or identification in apps. However the most interesting feature going to debut with the new MacBook Pro is the dynamic OLED touch panel on top of the keyboard which will replace the static function keys.
The touch panel will result in dynamic contextual keys instead of static buttons which are hardly used and end up occupying valuable real estate on the small keyboards. This same logic was the guiding thought behind the initial iPhones with full touch screens and doing away with the physical keyboards. The connectivity is going to be reversible USB-C 3.1 and probably a Thunderbolt 3 port.
There are some fresh leaked images of the upcoming MacBook Pro with the touch panel clearly visible above the keyboard.
A set of leaked images of the chassis shows a total of 4 USB ports, 2 on each side and a headphone jack as well. However all other major ports appear to be missing so there won’t be any HDMI or traditional USB-A ports. Also there is no card reader slot or MagSafe power connector.
The new Macs will feature the latest Intel Skylake processors and graphics will be either integrated or powered by dedicated AMD or likely an Nvidia GPU this time from the 10 series.
The cheaper MacBook Air might also see some refreshes. The smaller 11” model might be discontinued leaving only 13” version of the model.
iMacs are also likely to get a refresh with a rumoured 5K display with 27” size, considering Apple discontinued the Thunderbolt Display earlier this year. The Mac Pro and Mac mini desktop systems have also not received any updates since 2013 and 2014 respectively. If the event is going to be focused on Macs, they better feature in the announcements as well. However all members of the Mac family may not find themselves on the big screen during this event.
The last event didn’t touch upon iPads and a successor to iPad Air 2 is pending. Also the successor to iPad Mini 3 could be announced in near future. However it’s not known if both the successor to these iPads would be getting a share of the limelight during this event or the event will focus solely on Mac lineup.
Stay with us for updates from the event as soon as they unfold.
Written By – Karanjot Singh
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