Apple’s third occasion of the autumn guarantees to showcase the corporate’s largest product shakeup this yr. With the iPhone 12, Apple Watch Collection 6, and iPad Air out of the way in which and on cabinets, all that’s left is the Mac.
This yr’s Mac occasion won’t be like the standard fall refreshes, and even just like the October 2018 occasion that introduced a redesigned MacBook Air and souped-up Mac mini. This time, Apple is transitioning to a brand new Mac processor, shifting away from Intel to homegrown Apple silicon. And we most likely received’t see a transfer like this once more.
That is the beginning of a monumental product-line transition for Apple. For the primary time, Apple might be controlling the brains of its Mac and received’t have to depend on one other firm to ship the velocity, effectivity, and innovation it craves. Right here’s all the pieces we anticipate and hope to see at what might be Apple’s largest occasion in years.
Simply as we had been sure to see iPhone’s ultimately month’s “Hello, Pace” occasion, Tuesday’s “Another factor” occasion is definite to convey a brand new Apple processor. It’s not a whole shock, as Apple already teased the brand new chips throughout WWDC this previous summer time, however there’s rather a lot we don’t know. Builders have been testing Mac minis with the A12Z Bionic chip that’s within the newest iPad Professional, however even that’s already outdated. Apple has since launched the A14 Bionic within the iPhone 12 and iPad Air.
Whereas we don’t precisely what the brand new Mac processors might be like, we do have some clues. As a variant of the A14, they are going to be constructed utilizing an extremely environment friendly 5nm course of, characteristic a number of high-performance CPU and GPU cores, and have a neural engine, all of which ought to go a great distance towards making these Macs the quickest and most effective Apple has ever shipped.
We’ll be searching for Mac-specific tweaks over the A14 chip that’s contained in the iPhone—very similar to the “X” and “Z” chips within the iPad Professional—however principally we wish to see how briskly it’s in comparison with the earlier era of Intel processors and the way for much longer the battery in MacBooks lasts.
It wouldn’t be a brand new Mac occasion with out new Macs, and we’re possible getting just a few new ones on Tuesday. The most recent rumors counsel that new laptops might be making an look, with desktop fashions ready till subsequent yr.
In accordance with Mark Gurman at Bloomberg, “Apple and abroad suppliers are ramping up manufacturing of three Mac laptops with Apple processors: new 13-inch and 16-inch MacBook Execs and a brand new 13-inch MacBook Air.” That will signify a sweeping refresh of Apple’s complete laptop computer line and an opportunity to showcase a full lineup of processors.
It’s attainable that one other transportable Mac makes an look as properly. Earlier rumors pointed to the return of the traditional MacBook on the decrease finish of the road, with a 12-inch show and weighing lower than 2.2 kilos. Bloomberg by no means corroborated that rumor although, so it’s possible that it’s going to get pushed to subsequent yr.
Additionally rumored is a radical new iMac with a Professional Show XDR-style design that has slim bezels and a dramatically diminished chin. Apple did replace the iMac in August with new GPUs, SSDs, and a higher-quality FaceTime digital camera, however they characteristic the identical design as earlier than. The most recent rumors level to early 2021 for brand spanking new iMacs.
Bloomberg’s report additionally makes observe of the Mac Professional, Apple’s ultra-high-end desktop Mac. In accordance with the publication, Apple is engaged on a brand new tower “that appears like the present design at about half the dimensions.” That will put it at about 10 inches tall, just some inches taller than the 6.8-inch HomePod. The brand new Mac Professional possible received’t make an look till the second half of 2021, if not later.
It’s been over a yr since we learn rumors that Apple was engaged on a pair of over-ear studio headphones, they usually may arrive at any second. They don’t appear prone to match at this occasion, but it surely’s attainable, particularly if Apple dumps the headphone jack from its new Macs.
Together with wi-fi connectivity, noise-canceling, Hey Siri assist, and the flexibility to detect when one of many cups isn’t in your ear, AirPods Studio can be rumored to have, based on a Bloomberg report, “a retro look with oval-shaped ear cups that swivel and a scarf linked by skinny, steel arms.”
AirPods 3/AirPods Professional 2
It’s been over a yr since Apple launched the AirPods Professional and even longer for the reason that second-gen AirPods made their look. With the vacation season proper across the nook, it is smart that Apple will refresh the present fashions earlier than the tip of the yr. A current Bloomberg rumor claimed that Apple is engaged on a pair of AirPods updates to convey a Professional-like design to the common AirPods and a “extra compact” design to the Professional.
One other long-running and fixed rumor that would make an look on the “Another factor” occasion is Apple Tags or AirTags. Apple has apparently been working by itself Bluetooth trackers for some time now and the looks of an U1 (Extremely Wideband) chip within the new MacBooks may imply that they lastly make an look.
Very like the sq. Tile trackers, AirTags would reportedly assist us discover misplaced gadgets utilizing the proximity information of close by Apple units reminiscent of iPhones and iPads to pinpoint the situation.
Apple’s occasion is titled “Another factor,” a phrase that has a particular historical past inside Apple. So it’s extremely attainable that Tim Prepare dinner makes use of the occasion to unveil one thing large that we aren’t anticipating. Current “another factor” bulletins have included the unique Apple Watch and iPhone X, so we wouldn’t be completely shocked to see Apple give us a sneak peek at a brand new Mac or one thing extra-specially secret on the very finish of the presentation to pay tribute to Steve Jobs’ well-known catchphrase.