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New MacBooks expected at Apple’s October 18 launch event

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New MacBooks are expected to be launched at Apple’s October 18 event. Apple has announced that an official launch event for new MacBook notebooks and AirPods headphones would take place on October 18, 2021.

The event announcement came through a media invitation and a tweet from Apple’s senior vice president of marketing, Greg Joswiak, with the hashtag “unleashed.”

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Both the AirPods and Apple’s most costly and largest MacBooks are due for an upgrade this year because the current generations for both devices were last released in 2019.

The year’s Apple Fall event would be once again streamed live on Apple’s website because the tech giant has been organizing virtual events since 2020 following the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

Apple is known for releasing new devices just before the holiday shopping season when sales are high.

The last launch event Apple organized was in September, where it unveiled the new iPhone 13 series, iPad mini, and Apple Watch. Consequently, the incoming event would witness many announcements, with a particular focus on the new Mac lineup, which will include the long-rumored M1X-powered MacBook Pros. There is an expectation that Apple will also unveil the third-generation AirPods 3 and the all-new Mac mini.

Below are the products to expect from Apple’s big October event, as well as what not to expect.

Products to expect at Apple’s upcoming event

1.  MacBook Pros in 14-inch and 16-inch sizes

The new Macs will be the center of attention. Despite the chip shortages, Apple plans to release a new MacBook Pro series with the M1X processor. According to reports, the next MacBook Pro will be available in 14-inch and 16-inch screen sizes. This display will be a tiny LED, similar to the one seen in the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

The next MacBook Pros will include a flat-edged appearance like the iPad Pro, a considerably faster and better M1X processor with extra GPU cores, the reintroduction of the MagSafe charger, HDMI connector, and an SD card slot.

According to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros will be delivered in the 3rd quarter of this year. Creative workers, video editors, and musicians will benefit from both the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros.

2.  A revamped “pro” Mac mini

Apple introduced a new Mac mini with its M1 CPU last year, which looked identical to previous-generation devices. Cupertino, on the other hand, is expected to unveil a high-end Mac mini for the first time, reviving the small-print Mac that has long been considered a lifestyle computer.

The next high-end version will become more efficient, and it will most likely replace Apple’s current Intel devices. Like the new M1 iMac, the M1X-powered Mac mini will have a “plexiglass-like top,” extra Thunderbolt ports, a MagSafe power connector, and a magnetic charging connector.

3.  AirPods 3

The wireless earbuds were an incredible success for the firm; however, the initial AirPods have yet to receive a significant update since their launch in 2016. In addition to wireless charging, the AirPods 2 received a minor update. According to reports, the AirPods 3 will include spatial audio support, a shorter stem, interchangeable tips, and a little charging case comparable to the AirPods Pro. ANC (Active Noise Cancellation) will not be available.

With several TWS selling for $100, the price of the AirPods 3 might be significant. AirPods 2 are currently available for $159 and $199 with wireless charging.

 4. A release date for macOS Monterey

Monterey, the most current edition of macOS, was unveiled during Apple’s annual WWDC in the summer. Monterey, named after the lovely beach town on California’s central coast, is the name of the new macOS. The new OS includes features like Universal Control, which converts the iPad into a second screen, as well as a revised Safari browser.

Apple says it would release macOS Monterey during its WWDC keynote this year, but the company didn’t provide a date. While there is no specific release date yet, the upcoming October event could be the perfect venue for disclosing these plans.

5. A brand new MacBook Air

Apple introduced the new MacBook Air with the M1 CPU last year. The MacBook Air remains a famous Mac amongst users; however, the coming months will see the release of the latest edition with an improved processor, which is not likely to be this year.

The MacBook Air, on the other hand, has a retro design, and it’s due for a substantial update. A speedier M2 CPU may power the upcoming MacBook Air. According to renowned analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the new MacBook Air may not arrive until the third quarter of 2022, implying a lengthy wait.

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