Apple Saying "hello again" - What To Expect

Apple’s Mac is long overdue for an upgrade, and it seems that this week it will finally get one, at the "hello again"event which Apple is holding at its Cupertino campus today, where it is expecting to unveil some major Mac updates, along with the highlight being a redesigned MacBook Pro. We are also expecting updates for MacBook Air along with the possibly update for iMac.
We will be covering the event, stay tuned for the latest updates. Let us, now, inform you what to expect from this event. Read on for more information.
MacBook Pro
It’s about time that Apple, at last, redesigned the MacBook Pro in 2012, giving it more or less the same slimmed down, CD – drive-free design which you see today. There were, however, few small alternations a year later; while the Pro has changed quite a lot since then, aside from annual spec updates, however we are not expecting anything new. Here is what we expect:
A thinner, lighter design: It would not be a new Apple product without being thinner and lighter, and the new MacBook Pro’s headline features. As per Bloomberg, the laptop which is still being expected to be 13 to 15-inch models, will be slightly thinner compared to the current version, maintaining its level top and bottom rather than adopting an Air-style taper.
Otherwise, it does not seem like the laptop will be all that different. An image of the new MacBook Pro which has currently been leaked, showing a design which looks almost identical to what is already out there, just with the slightly narrower bezels around the keyboard and screen.
An ever-changing keyboard strip: This is supposed to be the MacBook Pro’s flashiest new feature. Instead of a skinny strip of keys dedicated to changing brightness, skipping music tracks and controlling the volume, the new MacBook Pro is supposed to come with a small touchscreen strip, which can easily be configured to show an array of different options.
You can imagine having a strip of keys which changes to whatever is the most useful for a given app. Hence, if you are in Word document, you might be able to view copy, paste and formatting options. If you are in Photoshop, you might see the brush adjustments, and if you are into games, you might be able to see commands and options which are specific to what you are viewing. This could be a very handy feature for pros, which will be really happy to have clearer keyboard shortcuts.
The leaked MacBook Pro photos offer a good look at how this will go on to work. They have shown the touch strip changing to Apple Pay controls when buying something on the web. A cancel button appears on one side, while the other points towards a Touch ID button on the right for authentication.
A fingerprint scanner: Just like iPhone and iPad, the MacBook Pro seems to be gaining a Touch ID – branded fingerprint reader. As per Bloomberg it is being assumed that the scanner would be located beside the new keyboard strip, which is where Apple put the laptop’s power key in its earlier generations. The prediction appears to be spot on with Apple’s leaked photos which show that the button built into the touch strip, just above the ‘delete” key.
USB-C: It is not at all a surprise that Apple would be bringing USB-C to MacBook Pro – the latest standard which is already on the role as one of the MacBook’s has only two ports. The question arises, how many will there be on the Pro.
It will also come with a headphone port. The new computer will be faster and will go on to see some spec changes all across the board. The famous analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, of KGI Securities, expects that Apple will adopt Intel Skylake processors, which will be launched at the beginning of the year. the Kuo expects a 2TB SSD option which is to be made available. He also states that Apple is most likely to go on to improve the quality of its Retina displays, without increasing their resolution.
However, we are not sure of one thing - If the Pro will come in any other color other than silver or not.
MacBook Air
Apple’s largely successful laptop line is supposed to gain an update on Thursday, but a minor one. Apple will most probably be adding USB – C ports to the Air, which is quite likely to replace its existing USB 3.0 ports.
this is not expected to be a big update either. The iMac’s design still looks good, and it has received quite a big update in 2014 and 2015, with the addition of 5K and 4K display options.
For this particular update, Apple is being expected to add a USB – C to the iMac. Bloomberg has also gone on to report that the computers will include option for new AMD graphics chips, which is not a big surprise either since AMD GPUs are already an option on the existing 5K models.
Whether this actually gets announced at the event or not, is yet to be seen. Apple will also want to put a new processors in the iMacs, however Intel has not yet released an appropriate next – generation chips yet. This means that if the iMacs are announced, they might not ship right away. Kuo, the KGI Securities analyst, goes on to suggest that iMac refreshes for a few months into 2017. Same goes for the long-rumored 5K Cinema Display.
No AirPods
Apple’s first pair of wireless earbuds, the AirPods were supposed to ship sometimes this month, however, it does appear to be some kind of holdup, as Apple announces that the delivery of the headphones have been delayed. No new release date has been given, and we are definitely not going to hear about them at this particular event.
It seems that the event is going to be all about Mac.