Apple’s September event marked the unveiling of the iPhone 13, a new entry-level iPad, and an all-new iPad mini. Apple still has quite a bit more in store for the rest of 2021, and rumors suggest it could hold another event in October. Head on below for our full rundown of what Apple could announce at an October event, including new updates for Mac, AirPods 3, and more.
Apple event history in October
Apple has held October events at an erratic pace over the years, and October events have not proven to be as consistent as September events. Here are the details of the October events in recent years:
- October 2020: event “Hi, Speed” for iPhone 12 and HomePod mini
- October 2018: event “There is more in the works” to announce the new iPad Pro, MacBook Air and Mac mini
- October 2016: event “Hello again” for MacBook Pro and the new TV app
- October 2014: “It’s Been Too Long” event for iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 and 5K iMac
Whether or not Apple holds an event in October 2021 remains to be seen, but From Bloomberg Mark Gurman has suggested that Apple is planning such an event with a focus on new Macs. We will be sure to update this post whenever an October event is officially announced with all the details.
MacBook M1X Pros
At Apple’s October event, the main announcement to look forward to is the long-rumored MacBook Pro review. Apple is rumored to be working on new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models that are powered by the so-called “M1X” processor.
Bloomberg has reported that the new M1X chip, or whatever it is called, will feature eight high-performance cores and two high-efficiency cores, available in variations of 16 or 32 graphics cores. The machine is also expected to support up to 64GB of RAM, compared to the current M1 chip which is limited to 16GB of RAM.
The new MacBook Pros too rumored to mark the comeback Multiple connectivity options: MagSafe for charging, HDMI and SD card. Apple is also expected get rid of the controversial Touch Bar in favor of a traditional row of function keys.
The new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros too expected to use new mini-LED display technology. Apple first used mini-LED technology in the 12.9-inch iPad Pro announced earlier this year. For those unfamiliar, the mini-LED relies on thousands of really small LEDs in the backlight, resulting in higher contrast ratios and deeper blacks, similar to OLEDs but without the risk of burning.
Finally, the new MacBook Pros are rumored to feature an all-new flat-edged design similar to the iPad Pro and iPhone 13.
The new MacBook Pros are long-awaited updates and will fix many of the things that people don’t like about the current generation MacBook Pro. This includes the removal of the touch bar, the addition of more ports along with Thunderbolt and USB-C. , and improved display quality.
“Mac mini Pro”
The new MacBook Pros aren’t the only Mac updates Apple has in the works, according to reports and rumors. Bloomberg has reported that the new Mac mini will feature identical specs to the MacBook Pro M1X with up to 64GB of RAM, 10-core CPU, and 16 or 32 graphics cores.
In the meantime, leaker Jon Prosser has reported that Apple’s Mac mini with M1X technology will also introduce a new generation of industrial design. The new Mac mini is said to feature a redesigned external chassis with a reflective material “similar to plexiglass” at the top along with an aluminum casing.
Prosser has also claimed that the new Mac mini will feature additional ports compared to the current Mac mini with M1, including four Thunderbolt 3s, two USB-A ports, ethernet, and HDMI. The Mac mini could also use the magnetic power connector that Apple first introduced with the 24-inch iMac earlier this year.
So where would this new Mac mini fit in Apple’s lineup? Currently, Apple sells a Mac mini with M1 technology as its entry-level option along with a high-end model that is still powered by Intel. This M1X-powered Mac mini is expected to replace the Intel model and be sold alongside the M1X configuration.
macOS Monterey release date
While Apple released iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and watchOS 8 to the public last month, we are still waiting for the release of macOS Monterey. Apple is likely to officially announce the release date of macOS Monterey alongside its new Macs this fall.
macOS Monterey includes a variety of new features, including all-new Safari, AirPlay for Mac, SharePlay and FaceTime enhancements, and much more. Learn more in our full guide here.
The AirPods 3 have been rumored for over a year now and we finally expect them to be announced sometime this fall. The AirPods 3 are expected to have a similar design to the AirPods Pro, with shorter stems and a more rounded ear design, but no replaceable ear tips.
Ming-Chi Kuo believes that Apple will continue to sell AirPods 2 alongside AirPods 3, giving you two different options at the lower end of the AirPods lineup. This makes for quite a versatile line of AirPods in terms of features, form factors, and pricing.
For all the details on what to expect from AirPods 3 this year, check out our detailed guide here.
What not to expect
Apple Silicon’s transition is in full swing, but there are a few products Apple is working on and we don’t expect them to be announced this year. I mean, this includes a new version of the Mac Pro powered by Apple Silicon, as well as a larger screen iMac powered by Apple Silicon. We shouldn’t expect new AirPods Pro either, although they could arrive sometime in 2022.
What are you most excited to see from Apple in October? Let us know in the comments!
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