Apple to Launch new Macbooks later this month | 11-inch Macs may be discontinued

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It’s been a while since Apple revamped its Mac line, but that’s apparently about to change soon.

How soon? Try next week – October 27, to be exact.

The tech giant is reportedly planning to host an event then to introduce new Macs, sources speaking with Recode confirmed. While formal invites haven’t gone out yet, the site has a solid track record, and we’d expect invitations to go out in the next day or two.

Rumors of a late October event have been floating for quite awhile, and the timing lines up with launching new computers before the holidays.

According to the report, which cites a “reliable Chinese supplier,” Apple plans to both announce the new MacBook Pro this month, as well as to ship it to retailers. Like has been rumored in the past, the new MacBook Pros are expected to feature support for USB-C and Thunderbolt 3. As for other ports, though, Apple is said to be ditching support for traditional USB ports, as well as for MagSafe and Thunderbolt 2.

Furthermore, this evening’s report claims that Apple plans to discontinue the 11-inch MacBook Air model, though it will keep the 13-inch model on the market. There has been doubt surrounding the fate of the MacBook Air lineup since the introduction of the 12-inch MacBook, but Apple reportedly wants to simply direct its attention to the 13-inch Air, not the 11-inch variant. The 11-inch MacBook Air is expected to be discontinued when the new MacBook Pros are announced.

Specific dates are still up in the air as far as announcement and release, but they are still on track to happen this month. In addition to the port changes, Apple is also expected to introduce an OLED touch bar with the new MacBook Pros, as well as bring a thinner design.

The MacBook Pro lineup is long overdue for an update so the announcement will surely be met with fanfare from users (myself included). An October date has been rumored for awhile, but as we progressed later into the month, some were starting to speculate that Apple had pushed the release into 2017.

When Apple does announce a date for an event, we’ll have that news for you as soon as it happens. While anything is possible, the date of October 27th has been rumored in the past. Nevertheless, we should expect an invite to go out sooner rather than later…

Sierra arrives

The new Macs are, unsurprisingly, expected to run macOS Sierra, the latest Apple computer operating system.

Just today we heard whispers Apple plans to introduce a new 13-inch MacBook Air and 13- and 15-inch versions of the MacBook Pro, all with USB-C. Not expected to be announced is a new 11-inch MacBook Air.

One of the more exciting rumors circulating around the new MacBook Pro is the introduction of a touchscreen that takes the place of one row of keys. The touchscreen keys are said to be contextually aware, adapting to whatever app you’re using at the time.

Word is Apple’s October 27 Mac event will take place at or near its Cupertino, California headquarters and not in San Francisco. Last month, Apple took to the city by the bay to launch the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, along with the new Apple Watch.

The 2014 13-inch MacBook Pro was arguably Apple’s best laptop, and the 2015 model is better still. If your next MacBook needs to be reliable, powerful and practical, the newest MacBook Pro is the only way to go.

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