Apple is preparing to organize an “Unleashed” event, during which it is expected to unveil a multitude of new products.
The star of the show is expected to be at least an updated MacBook Pro, which will include a new “M1X” chip. But new AirPods and maybe a few surprises are also expected.
The new MacBooks will come alongside the updated MacBook Air, Pro, Mac Mini, and iMac that launched with Apple’s M1 chip – the first “Apple Silicon” processor designed by Apple itself rather than Intel.
The M1X is expected to be the first truly professional version of this chip, delivering even more performance to the most demanding users.
But the exterior is also set to undergo an overhaul, including the arrival of the iPhone’s “notch” so that the screen can otherwise go all the way to the edges of the case.
A live stream of the event will be available shortly before the start of the event at 10:00 am local time (6:00 pm UK time), which we will have here.
Apple AirPods that can take your temperature?
One of the rumors ahead of today’s Apple event involved a major upgrade to the AirPods headphones.
According to a report in the The Wall Street Journal Apple last week looked for ways to get next-gen AirPods to read your body temperature, improve your hearing, and even help correct your posture.
It’s not clear if or when such an upgrade could happen, although the report warns that the new features aren’t expected to arrive until next year.
You can read more about the latest AirPod rumors here.
Anthony CuthbertsonOctober 18, 2021 5:39 PM
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Anthony CuthbertsonOctober 18, 2021 5:14 PM
Intel will “never” give up offering chips to Apple
After Apple ditched Intel chips and switched to its own internal hardware for its Mac computers, the processor giant’s CEO said he hasn’t given up on supplying Tim Cook’s company in the future.
“What I have to do is create a better chip than they can do on their own. I hope to recover this part of their business, as well as many other businesses, over time, ”Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger said in a new episode of Axios on HBO.
“In the meantime, I have to make sure that our products are better than theirs, that my ecosystem is more open and vibrant than theirs, and we are creating a more compelling reason for developers and users to land on products based on Intel. So I’m going to fight hard to win Tim’s business in this area.
Anthony CuthbertsonOctober 18, 2021 5:03 PM
Thicker body and raised feet? Apple expert guesses what the new MacBook Pro could look like
John Gruber, an Apple expert, gave his guesses about the appearance of the new MacBook Pro (or is it the MacBook Pro?):
Andrew GriffinOctober 18, 2021 4:11 PM
Tim Cook says “hello”
As is customary, Tim Cook wished everyone a good morning before the event. (It’s also early in the morning; it’s not yet 7 a.m. in California.)
Andrew GriffinOctober 18, 2021 3:56 PM
Late rumors suggest a MacBook Pro redesign
There are only a few hours left before the event. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t time for some late rumors.
The latest one suggests that the new MacBook might have a notch, similar to the one found in the iPhone.
Andrew GriffinOctober 18, 2021 3:33 PM
Andrew GriffinOctober 18, 2021 2:06 PM
Apple Store disconnects
The Apple Store went down ahead of today’s event.
Visiting instead simply displays a message that it will be back with new updates:
This confirms that something is happening, as Apple only closes the store when new products are expected. But this is hardly surprising.
Nowadays, it is not clear whether Apple actually has Needs to take down the store or do it for the sake of the occasion. But given that it won’t be back for about eight hours, the cost of disassembling it must be quite significant.
Andrew GriffinOctober 18, 2021 12:26 PM
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