Apple made it official last night with the release that it would hold an announcement event next week in San Francisco. The company is likely to introduce major changes in its line of computers, after four years of only minor alterations
Apple Computers last night officially confirmed the rumors that have circulating in recent days that they plan to hold a formal event on October 27 in San Francisco. The event, which will be streamed in real time through the company website, is being branded with the slogan “Hello again,” referring to the way the first Macintosh computer was branded in 1984.
Recode, closely associated with Apple, earlier confirmed that the company was slated to hold its event on that date, with a major revision of its products series. The agenda includes a farewell to the 11-inch MacBook Air, the launching of a completely new MacBook Pro with a different, thinner design, and a farewell to two more old connectors: the USB and the MagSafe, which has been closely associated with Apple. The company will probably overhaul the iMac line, and also unveil a new K5 screen.
11-inch MacBook Air model on the chopping block
The last substantial revision of the MacBook Pro line was four years ago, leaving little to no doubt that the approaching upgrade will be significant. Apple is preparing to overhaul this product series, with the aim of bringing some uniformity into its various models, while getting rid of ones that are older or closer to the new models.
The new MacBooks will reportedly all adopt the USB C connector, at the expense of one of the most popular connectors among MacBook users worldwide – the MagSafe. The MagSafe, a magnetic connector that facilitates rapid connection and disconnection of the device’s charger, is slated for elimination. Apple will upgrade the Thunderbolt 2 connector to the Thunderbolt 3. This upgrade, however, also involves a measure liable to arouse criticism – the removal of the USB connectors from this line of the computers. The aim is probably to present a new and much thinner design for the MacBook Pro computer series.
It also appears that Apple will dispense with the 11-inch MacBook Air model in order to label the 12-inch MacBook as its replacement, making room for a possible slight cut in price for this model.
Announcement event scheduled for October 27
The event is likely to lead off with a significant revision in the design of the MacBook Pro line to make it more similar to the new MacBook previously launched by Apple. The design is expected to be much thinner. The keyboard and mouse surface will be upgraded, and a new touch screen may be placed at the head of the keyboard, with a line of replaceable buttons next to a Touch ID sensor for barometric identification.