We are just a few hours away from the Apple s Hello Again event tonight that is likely to focus primarily on the tech giant s long neglected line of MacBooks and iMacs. There have been series of speculations and leaks about what all Apple is likely to announce. From an all-new touch-enabled toolbar in its MacBook Pro laptop, to a new MacBook Air with Type-C port, and 4K or 5K display-oriented iMac, the speculations are endless. Also Read - iPhone 12 Mini reaches end of production already, say rumoursAlso Read - Flipkart Mobiles Bonanza sale top deals: iPhone SE, Poco X3 Pro and more on discount
The Apple event will kick start at 10.30PM (IST) and you can watch the event live on Apple s website. However, you will need to have the right Apple-compatible software and hardware to watch the mega unveiling. The live stream will only work on Safari 5.1.10 or later, and the browser must be running on Mac OS X 10.6.8 onward. It will also work on Apple TV running OS version 6.2 or later and iOS devices running iOS 7.0 or newer. You can also watch it on Microsoft s Edge browser. Meanwhile, let us run you through all the possible announcements Apple could make tonight: Also Read - Beware! This new iOS bug breaks WiFi on iPhones: Here's a quick fix for it
MacBook Pro: The last major change Apple s premium set of laptops received was way back in 2012 when it was slimmed down. Years later, not much has changed other than subtle specs update. This time Apple is set to overhaul the MacBook completely. According to speculations, it will be thinner and lighter in design but there will be no change in the display size. The MacBook Pro will continue to be offered in 13-inch and 15-inch display variants but would come closer to the company s MacBook Air line of super thin and super light notebooks. Leaked images of the MacBook Pro is expected to come with narrow bezels around the keyboard and screen, which are in tune with speculations about a thinner device.
Apart from the design what will truly set apart the 2016 MacBook Pro is the use of what is called as the Magic Toolbar . This will essentially replace the physical function keys on the keyboard of the laptop and replace it with a touch-enabled secondary screen which is likely to be customizable and offer app shortcuts and notifications. Just like the iPhone and iPad, the MacBook Pro will also come with a Touch ID fingerprint scanner that will be housed just above the delete key. ALSO READ: Apple s future MacBooks might ditch traditional keyboard for dynamic e-ink display
Apple introduced the USB Type-C with its ultra-thin MacBook in 2015. The growing standard for charging and data exchange is likely to debut in the MacBook Pro. In the 2015 MacBook, the company removed all ports for the new type of connector. Now given the usage of MacBook Pro by heavy-duty programmers, gamers, or graphic artists, it is to be seen how many such ports Apple includes in the new laptop. If earlier speculations are to be believed, the MacBook Pro will comes with four USB Type-C ports , which essentially means users will be required to buy more connectors for their peripherals.
Reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, of KGI Securities, has predicted that the new MacBook Pro will feature the latest Intel Skylake processors and come with 2TB SSD. It is further expected that the quality of the Retina display on the MacBook Pro will be better than before. ALSO READ: Apple accidentally leaks new MacBook Pro with OLED touch panel, Touch ID button with fingerprint scanner
MacBook Air: The thin and light range of laptops are expected to get an update in the form of USB Type-C port inclusion. Apple is expected to update the MacBook Air with faster processors with less chances of any redesigning. However, as speculations indicate, we might see the discontinuation of the 11-inch model with only the 13-inch variant left. With indications about the MacBook Pro lineup getting a thinner redesign, it is evident that Apple might want to kill the smaller MacBook Air.
iMac: It is raining USB Type-C for Apple devices. It seems the tech giant wants to standardize the new charging port across its Mac portfolio. Speculations are rife that Apple might add the USB Type-C even to its iMac. The super premium line of computer is not expected to come with any design change but could possibly offer a 4K or 5K display modell. According to a Bloomberg report, the new iMacs will include an option for new AMD graphics chips, which is in tune with the rumors about a possible 5K display. KGI Securities analyst, Ku, predicts that iMac updates will gradually roll out towards the beginning of 2017.
While other updates are more or less minor in nature, given Apple s Hello again hint through the invites, tonight s show in all its likelihood will be squarely focused on the MacBook. It will be interesting to see if the Magic Toolbar brings in some magic to Apple s sales figures. Stay tuned for updates! ALSO READ: Apple iPhone sales grow by 50% in India as Tim Cook bets on Reliance Jio for future growth