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Apple announced on Tuesday that it will be holding its next event on Monday, October 18. There are a lot of products that people want to see at this virtual event, including the highly anticipated MacBook Pro redesign in the form of 14-inch and 16-inch computers, a redesigned Mac mini, AirPods 3, an iPod, and even a gaming console. So let me break it all down and tell you what you should and should not expect at this upcoming event.
Redesigned MacBook Pro and M1X Chip
Let us start with the obvious—those redesigned MacBook Pros. I am 100% sure we will see them on Monday. And I firmly believe they will be game-changing. There’s no doubt about it.
They will be powered by the “M1X,” a chip with eight high-performance cores and two efficiency cores that will, as Apple puts it in the event invite, “unleash” unprecedented performance in a MacBook. But that’s not all.
The GPU won’t be left behind. I am told there will be 16- and 32-core GPU configurations, with the latter only available on the 16-inch version. At the time of writing, though, I can not confirm that.
You may be thinking that this will require high-grade cooling, and you are partially right.
As we have already seen with Apple’s M1 computers, these chips are extremely efficient, and temperatures are much more controllable. Combine that with a redesigned cooling system that Apple has been working on, and believe me when I tell you that heat will not be an issue. This new design replaces the usual thermal block welded to a tube with a single, more efficient part.
I have also heard that these computers will be the first Apple Macs to feature mini-LED technology and ProMotion. Other ports like HDMI and an SD card reader are also expected.
Overall, I would say that these are great devices that will definitely be worth the cost. But, if you want one of these Macs, you’ll want to pre-order it fast, because supply is not plentiful and is expected to be outstripped by demand.
Redesigned Mac mini
Let’s talk about the redesigned Mac mini. I’ll be honest with you; I can neither confirm nor deny whether we will see it this Monday, as I have received conflicting information about it. What I can do is share that information with you and let you make your own decision.
I received information a few weeks ago from a person involved in marketing. He told me that Apple’s original plan was to launch the Mac mini along with the new MacBooks, but that they eventually decided to delay the launch to “let them shine.”
However, a few days ago, I learned from a supply chain source that Apple has ramped up production of the Mac mini. As you can see, sometimes our job is not that simple, so I’ll leave it up to you to decide what to believe.
AirPods 3 and More
If there’s one other product that’s been anticipated for months, it’s the AirPods 3.
I know they are ready. In fact, they have been ready for a long time, so now it’s up to Apple when they’ll be unveiled. I would bet that it will be at this event, but the truth is that no one knows. I can tell you, though, that we will see them before the end of the year.
There are other products that are supposed to be unveiled at this event, but from what I have heard, these are the only ones we will see this time.
Please remember leaks are just that, leaks. So be patient and do not make any purchase decisions based on them alone.
This is the second year Apple held a virtual event in October, but I don’t expect a third event this November, as we saw in 2020.
[The information provided in this article has NOT been confirmed by Apple and may be speculation. Provided details may not be factual. Take all rumors, tech or otherwise, with a grain of salt.]