Apple’s next event will take place on 18 October 2021 at 10 AM PDT. The announcement says Apple will be broadcasting from Apple Park, implying a live event, in contrast with the last few pre-recorded events. As always, you’ll be able to stream the event from Apple’s website or the Apple TV app. You can also add the event to your calendar.
With Apple having just updated the iPhone, iPad, iPad mini, and Apple Watch, the next likely target is the Mac. Rumors have swirled for a while about new MacBook Pro models with an M1X processor, no Touch Bar, and more ports. We may also see updates to the M1-based MacBook Air and Mac mini, which haven’t been updated in a year. It’s also possible that Apple will introduce a larger and more powerful iMac model to complement the entry-level 24-inch iMac (see “Apple Releases New M1-Based 24-inch iMac in Spring Colors,” 20 April 2021). And of course, we’ll continue to hope that Apple will bring out an affordable display to complement the Mac mini and extend the desktop for iMac users.
Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reports that the Intel-based 16-inch MacBook Pro, which hasn’t seen an update for two years, is unavailable at many Apple stores. That’s a good indication that new MacBook Pro models are coming.
The 16-inch MacBook Pro (which if you’ve lost track still uses Intel and hasn’t been updated in *2* years) is showing unavailable for pick up at many Apple stores plus shipment delays. pic.twitter.com/vPpTLxXIUz
— Mark Gurman (@markgurman) October 11, 2021
We don’t yet anticipate an update to the M1-powered iPad Pro, as it was updated seven months ago (see “New iPad Pros Boast M1 Chips and Liquid Retina XDR Display,” 20 April 2021). But Apple could surprise us.
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