READY yourselves, gadget fans: there’s a new Apple event taking place today. It comes just weeks after the show-stopping iPhone 13 launch
READY yourselves, gadget fans: there’s a new Apple event taking place today.
It comes just weeks after the show-stopping iPhone 13 launch – and will likely see the debut of new gadgets.
The event is entirely virtual, in keeping with other recent Apple showcases[/caption]
The top-secret event is set to take place on October 18, in just a few days.
An official Apple invite sent to The Sun has the tagline “Unleashed”.
It’s currently unclear what this is referencing, but it sounds like it’s related to performance.
That could be linked to the long-rumoured new MacBook Pro 2021.
It’s also possible we could see the hotly tipped Apple AirPods 3.
When is the Apple event in October?
Apple is hosting a special event on October 18.
It’s due to start at 10am Californian time, which is where Apple is based.
For New Yorkers, you’re looking at a 1pm start.
And Brits will be tuning in at 6pm.
Apple event October – what to expect
Apple hasn’t confirmed any plans to launch a new version of the MacBook Pro.
But many leakers – including Bloomberg’s very reliable Mark Gurman – suggest one is on the way.
One of the biggest improvements is expected to be the M1X chip.
Apple recently started making its own M1 chips for MacBooks (and the iPad Pro).
They’ve been a phenomenal success, offering blistering performance – with gadget reviewers generally very impressed.
The M1X is expected to be an even more powerful version of this chip that will give the MacBook Pro the edge over its cheaper siblings.
We’re also expecting a Mini LED screen that will make for better visuals overall.
Part of the problem with this method is that it doesn’t give the TV very much control over some of the finer aspects of video – like the highs and lows of brightness and contrast.
One way to solve this is to make the LEDs smaller, so you can fit more in.
A bit like cramming more pixels into a TV lets you offer more detail, the same is true of LEDs.
So a Mini LED TV is one where the LEDs are much smaller, with many more of them making up the screen.
That way, the TV can provide more detailed lighting in very specific areas of the screen.
The end result is that you get a more accurate representation of the original video.
We’ve also heard rumours of a redesigned MacBook Pro body, where the display runs edge-to-edge.
And it’s looking increasingly likely that Apple’s controversial OLED Touch Bar (a thin screen that runs across the top of the keyboard with virtual buttons) will be replaced with physical keys.
However, nothing is certain – even whether the new MacBook Pro actually exists.
Apple could still launch its “missing” AirPods 3 too.
The revamped wireless earbuds were widely expected to launch at the iPhone 13 event.
A recent report on the Apple AirPods 3 claimed that the gadgets were still on track to launch this year.
We also reported on how a revamped version of the iPhone’s wireless MagSafe charger was added to the FCC database.
In the document, we see a technical sketch depicting an AirPods case on top of the MagSafe charger.
This is already possible, although the AirPods don’t snap to the MagSafe charger like the iPhone does.
A new version of the AirPods could have MagSafe magnets built in, to snap to the MagSafe charger and power up wirelessly.
Apple launched the AirPods back in 2016, releasing a second-generation in 2019.
The firm has also released more premium AirPods Pro, and expensive over-the-head AirPods Max.
Standard AirPods have since become a cultural icon and coveted accessory – and are now commonly seen around the world.
Some AirPods models offer wireless charging, so better support for MagSafe would be great news for fans.
Recent rumours suggest that the new AirPods will borrow the smaller design of the AirPods Pro.
But it’s expected that these entry-level AirPods won’t get the active noise cancellation seen on the Pro versions.
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