Apple’s first fall occasion of 2021 centered on the iPhone and the Apple Watch, however the second, set to be held on Monday, October 18, is predicted to be Mac-centric. The upcoming occasion will see the debut of the extremely anticipated 14 and 16-inch MacBook Professional fashions, plus we may additionally get refreshed AirPods and a brand new Mac mini.
This information highlights all the things that we’d see on the October occasion based mostly on the rumors that we have heard thus far.
14 and 16-inch MacBook Professional Fashions
It has been two years for the reason that 16-inch MacBook Professional fashions final noticed a refresh, and we’re lengthy overdue for an replace. We have been listening to rumors about considerably redesigned 14 and 16-inch MacBook Professional fashions for a lot of months now, making this one of the vital anticipated refreshes of the yr.
Apple is predicted to introduce new 14 and 16-inch MacBook Professional fashions with a design replace that options the identical flat-edged look we have seen launched for the iPhone 13, iPad Professional, iPad Air, and iPad mini, however on the MacBook Professional, do not anticipate the brand new machines to look too wildly completely different.
The brand new MacBooks can have slimmer bezels and can lack “MacBook Professional” wording on the backside to avoid wasting house. In a callback to the MacBook Execs of yore, Apple is planning to reintroduce ports which were lacking for the reason that 2016 refresh. We’re anticipating an SD card slot and an HDMI port, which can be part of the USB-C ports and headphone jack.
The 2021 machines will even see the return of MagSafe, and can function a breakaway MagSafe charging port that is not too completely different from the MagSafe port that Apple used for pre-2016 machines. MagSafe know-how might carry quicker charging speeds than can be found with USB-C, however particular particulars aren’t identified but. As anticipated, MagSafe would require a brand new charging cable design and an up to date energy adapter.
Persevering with on with the return to a basic design, the 2021 MacBook Professional fashions won’t have an interactive OLED Contact Bar, with Apple as a substitute opting for the standard row of operate keys.
A final minute rumor from Weibo has advised the upcoming MacBook Professional fashions will function a notch on the high that homes the webcam, which may recommend very skinny bezels. This notch, says the leaker, shall be comparable in dimension to the notch on the iPhone 12.
This rumor may sound implausible, however wanting on the resolutions of the 2 machines, it isn’t out of the realm of chance. The MacBook Professional fashions function resolutions of 3024 by 1964 and 3456 by 2234, and in the event you subtract 74 pixels from the peak of each for the alleged notch, the ensuing 3024 by 1890 and 3456 by 2160 resolutions are equal to a 16:10 facet ratio.
All of Apple’s present MacBooks function a 16:10 facet ratio, so a 74 pixel notch may theoretically occur, nevertheless it’s not clear how that will work with the macOS interface. The 74 pixel bar on the high could possibly be used for another function than a notch, however we do not know what. Together with the notch, the identical rumor claims that the whole keyboard space of the brand new MacBook Professional is black fairly than simply the keys, and that the brand new machines shall be thicker with bigger followers.
As for show know-how, Apple is predicted to make use of mini-LED, and the MacBook Professional fashions would be the second Apple units to function mini-LED shows after the 2021 12.9-inch iPad Professional. Mini-LED know-how will enable for a thinner and lighter design, whereas providing many OLED-like advantages comparable to improved broad shade gamut, excessive distinction and dynamic vary, and more true blacks.
Rumors recommend that 120Hz “ProMotion” refresh charges are additionally a chance, although this is not a certain factor simply but. With ProMotion, the MacBook Professional fashions would provide a variable refresh fee. The utmost 120Hz refresh fee would carry smoother scrolling, gameplay, and different advantages, whereas on the decrease finish, a slower refresh fee would preserve power when excessive body charges will not be required, preserving battery life.
True 2x retina resolutions additionally seem like coming based mostly on show particulars that leaked in a latest macOS Monterey replace. The 14 and 16-inch MacBook Execs are anticipated to function a show decision of 3024 x 1964 and 3456 x 2234, respectively.
With the up to date 14 and 16-inch MacBook Professional fashions, Apple will remove Intel chips from the MacBook lineup. The brand new machines shall be geared up with a quicker and extra highly effective “M1X” chip that builds on the know-how launched with the M1. The M1X is predicted to The M1X may function a 10-core CPU with eight high-performance cores and two energy-efficient cores, together with 16-core or 32-core GPU choices.
The brand new MacBook Professional fashions are anticipated to help as much as 64GB RAM, and each might have function parity because of Apple’s plans to make use of the identical M1X chip for the 14 and 16-inch sizes. As a result of each machines shall be comparable, pricing variations between the 2 sizes shall be much less pronounced than prior generations. Base fashions are anticipated to function 16GB RAM and 512GB storage with upgrades out there at greater worth factors.
There’s one different notable function that Mac customers shall be happy to listen to about – webcam enhancements. The brand new machines are rumored to function an up to date 1080p webcam, which might be the primary vital webcam enchancment launched in a MacBook. Present fashions use years-old 720p know-how, however the want for improved video high quality has elevated because of the prevalence of on-line work over the previous two years.
For extra on what to anticipate from the MacBook Professional, we have now a devoted MacBook Professional information that aggregates the entire rumors that we have heard in regards to the upcoming machines.
Apple is creating a brand new model of the AirPods and rumors say they’re able to go, so it is potential we’ll see an announcement on the October occasion. That mentioned, we additionally anticipated to see the AirPods launched in September alongside new iPhones, which didn’t occur, so Apple may additionally maintain the launch till later within the yr.
The AirPods 3 are anticipated to function a extra AirPods Professional-like design with shorter stems and a redesigned charging case, however they’re going to proceed to be out there at a extra inexpensive worth level and will not have high-end options like Energetic Noise Cancellation. Extra about what to anticipate from the AirPods 3 may be present in our devoted information.
Apple is engaged on a high-end model of the Mac mini with an up to date design and the identical “M1X” chip that is anticipated for use within the MacBook Professional, so it is potential we’ll see a brand new Mac mini on the occasion.
The brand new machine is rumored to have a design just like the present Mac mini, however with a smaller footprint and a “plexiglass-like high” that sits over the aluminum enclosure. It’s going to function 4 Thunderbolt ports, two USB-A ports, an Ethernet port, and an HDMI port, very like present fashions, however it’s anticipated to swap to the identical magnetic energy energy port that Apple first launched for the 24-inch iMac.
Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman mentioned in August that the refreshed Mac mini can be coming within the “subsequent a number of months,” which strains up properly with August. The Mac mini is predicted to exchange the Intel Mac mini that Apple remains to be promoting, and it is going to be bought alongside the present M1 Mac mini.
macOS Monterey Launch Date
iOS 15, iPadOS 15, watchOS 8, and tvOS 15 all launched in September, however we’re nonetheless ready on macOS Monterey, which Apple continues to beta take a look at.
New variations of macOS usually come later than different software program updates, and on the October occasion, we’re anticipating to listen to a launch date. Apple’s upcoming 14 and 16-inch MacBook Professional fashions will presumably ship with macOS Monterey, so the software program must launch earlier than they do.
Within the Works However Not Anticipated But
There are additionally a number of different units which can be in growth, however most of those are rumored for 2022. That mentioned, Apple may shock us or do pre-announcements, so we thought these upcoming units may additionally be value mentioning.
- MacBook Air – Rumored to have a mini-LED show, a brand new Apple silicon chip, and a number of shade choices, the MacBook Air refresh is predicted in 2022.
- iPad Air – The subsequent-generation iPad Air might function an OLED show and Professional-level options like 5G connectivity, LiDAR, and new cameras and audio system, nevertheless it’s not rumored to be coming till 2022.
- AirPods Professional – Apple is engaged on a brand new model of the AirPods Professional with a stemless design and a brand new wi-fi chip, and these may are available in 2022.
- Bigger iMac – There’s one other iMac within the works that has a bigger show and a quicker Apple silicon chip, however little is understood about it and it isn’t anticipated in 2021.
- Mac Professional – Apple is creating two variations of the Mac Professional, certainly one of which can function a redesigned chassis that is smaller in dimension. The brand new Mac Professional fashions will function high-end Apple silicon chip choices with 20 or 40 computing cores, made up of 6 high-performance or 32 high-performance cores and 4 or eight high-efficiency cores. We do not but know when the brand new Mac Professional fashions are coming.
The way to Watch
The ‘Unleashed’ occasion will kick off on Monday, October 18 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time. Apple will stay stream the occasion on its website and on YouTube.
For these unable to observe, MacRumors can have stay protection of the occasion each on MacRumors.com and thru our MacRumorsLive Twitter account.