Now that the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus and Watch Series 2 are in stores, Apple is already gearing up for its next major event. While there’s no official announcement yet, reports claim that Apple’s next big event is scheduled for October 27. The event will take place two days after the company’s quarterly earnings, which was pushed forward to October 25 as Apple cited a “scheduling conflict”. As per the rumors we have come across, this event is highly likely to see the unveiling of the next-generation MacBook Pro, which haven’t received a major update since 2012. Also Read - Apple AR headset to launch in late 2022 with mac-level computing power: KuoAlso Read - Xiaomi India could soon start a repair program similar to Apple's Self Service Repair program
Unlike the iPhone 7 launch event, Apple’s October 27 event is expected to take place at or near the company’s Cupertino campus, Recode reports. It seems like ages since Apple’s MacBook Pro lineup got a major revamp. If we are counting, the last major update was back in 2012, and since then the top-of-the-line MacBook Pro has only received marginal updates like the inclusion of a Retina display and a Force Touch trackpad. But the event is not only going to be about the MacBook Pro, and if reports are to be believed, there could be some announcements around the MacBook Air lineup as well. For one, the company could kill the 11-inch MacBook Air model, and instead just focus on the 13-inch model. Also Read - Apple starts sending alerts to users impacted by Pegasus spyware
Coming back to the MacBook Pro lineup, and reports say that the late 2016 model will now be offered in two sizes — 13.3-inch and 15.4-inch. Talking about the upcoming changes, one of the big talking points will be the ditching of the USB ports. The laptop instead will only offer USB Type-C port and a Thunderbolt 3 Port to connect other peripherals. To make up for the loss, Apple already sells a USB-C dock that offers an HDMI port, a USB 3.0 Port and a USB-C port for power. It is priced at approximately Rs 5,300. Besides, the USB port, the 3.5mm audio jack too is expected to get the axe. ALSO READ: After iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, Apple could ditch 3.5mm audio jack on the MacBook Pro
The power button too is expected to undergo changes and will come with a Touch ID sensor embedded. This will not only allow users to login without having to type a password, but also let one use the Apple Pay feature on MacOS Sierra. This should make online shopping easier than before. Rumors also hint at another major change that could see the addition of an OLED touch panel placed just above the keyboard. This panel will replace the existing function keys and the onscreen OS X dock. Reports say this touch panel will let users add custom shortcut keys for functions like volume control, music playback, and it could also display various notifications.
The 13-inch MacBook Pro model could also come with a slightly different speaker placement. While the previous models had the speakers placed beneath the keyboard, the newer models may have them placed on either side of the keyboard, just like on the 15-inch MacBook Pro. The addition of the OLED panel could one of the reasons why the speakers are being moved. For the 15-inch model, Apple may also ditch AMD and shift towards Polaris graphics card.
Besides the MacBook Pro, Apple is also widely expected to unveil a new 5K display, which is reportedly being developed by LG. This display could fill the gap that has been created due to discontinuation of the Thunderbolt Display.
Despite the overall bleak PC market, Apple’s Macs have continued to do well. At the last quarterly earnings, Apple announced that it had sold 5.7 million Macs, which marks a slight rise over the 5.5 million Macs the company sold in the same period last year. It would be interesting to see how the Macs fared in the previous quarter, and the kind of impact a refreshed MacBook Pro lineup will have on the sales.