Here’s what to expect from Apple’s October 18 event — new MacBooks on the way

Here’s what to expect from Apple’s October 18 event — new MacBooks on the way
  • Apple has announced its next launch event that will take place on October 18.
  • The event will be live on Apple’s website and YouTube.
  • We are likely to see some new launches that include a much-awaited MacBook Pro with an LED display and a new M1X processor.
Apple has announced its next special event of this year where we are likely to see a few upgraded products in the company’s line-up. This is its second event in two months after it launched the iPhone 13 series along with iPad, iPad mini and Watch Series 7 in the California Streaming event on September 14. The next event can be streamed on Apple’s website and YouTube on October 18 at 10:30 pm IST. The event was announced by Greg Joswiak on Twitter.

The upcoming event is likely to see a new MacBook Pro with an improved processor, it may also see a redesigned Mac Mini and probably the AirPods 3. What we may not see during this event would be a new MacBook Air, an upgraded Mac Pro or Apple’s VR/AR glasses. Let’s see what the devices that may launch next week have to offer.

What to expect from MacBook Pro?

Apple is most likely to launch one of its most-awaited devices of the year, the MacBook Pro. The premium laptops come in both 14-inch and 16-inch display sizes.

The MacBook Pros are expected to be powered by a much more powerful chipset than its existing M1 chip. The new chipset is being dubbed as the “M1X”, however, we may see a different name at its launch. As per rumours, we may see an addition of two more cores to the processor that in turn will enhance the performance of the laptops.

In terms of GPU, Apple may look to improve the graphic performance by adding 16-core and/or 32-core GPU in its upcoming MacBook Pros. This will be an upgrade from the 8-core GPU as seen with the M1 chip.

A major addition to the laptops would be a Mini LED display that is likely to offer high contrast with improved brightness, in turn improving the picture quality. As for the ports, we are likely to see a new MagSafe connector, an SD card slot, and an HDMI port.

Apple may also remove the touch bar from the upcoming MacBook Pro. It will feature a 1080p webcam and is likely to have base models having 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD storage.

Apart from the new MacBook Pro, let’s have a look at what we may see in the redesigned Mac Mini and AirPods 3.

What to expect from the Mac Mini?

The Mac Mini is likely to see some design upgrades and improvements in performance via the enhanced “M1X” processor.

It is expected to offer up to 64GB RAM and come with up to four Thunderbolt 4 inputs, two USB-A ports, and a magnetic charging cable.

Even though we are likely to see these upgraded specifications in the next Mac Mini, we cannot ascertain if it is launching next week only.


What to expect from AirPods 3?

As per a leak by @ PineLeaks, the AirPods 3 are likely to offer better bass than its second-generation earbuds.

Wireless charging is likely to be a standard feature and the charging case is expected to see around 20% larger battery.

Since these AirPods were not revealed during the September event along with the iPhone 13 series, we may see Apple launching them in the next week’s event.
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