“Hello again”: Apple confirms October 27 event, new Macs are likely

Apple has confirmed the news that went around yesterday—the company is in fact having an event at 10am Pacific/1pm Eastern/6pm UK on October 27 at its campus in Cupertino. Per usual, Apple’s invitation doesn’t give much away, but the event is widely expected to focus on new Macs.

Apple took a year off from its normal October events last year; in 2014, the company introduced the 5K Retina iMac alongside the iPad Air 2 on its town hall campus. This will be the first event to focus on Mac hardware since March of 2015, when the 12-inch MacBook was originally announced. Refreshes since then have been done quietly via press releases and private meetings.

New MacBook Pros are widely expected, and we’ve been hearing about their new design all year. They’re said to get thinner and lighter and migrate to USB Type-C, though unlike the MacBook, they’re expected to have multiple ports. A long, thin OLED display bar is said to replace the row of function keys that change dynamically depending on what you’re doing.

TouchID support is also said to be coming, and the updated internals will allegedly include GPUs from AMD’s Polaris family.

Rumors about other Macs haven’t been as specific or as widely repeated, but every single computer in the Mac lineup aside from the MacBook is at least one year old. The iMac was last updated in October of 2015, the MacBook Airs in March of that year, the Mac Mini in October of 2014, and the Mac Pro in December of 2013. A new MacBook Air with USB Type-C is said to be in the works, but for any of the others, we’ll just have to wait and see. We’ll be there to cover the announcements as they happen.

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