Apple has sent out invites to the press for an event it’s holding on Thursday 27 October at its campus in Cupertino. The invite simply says: “hello again”.
The invite is a nod to Apple’s first launch event for its Mac back in 1984 where the screen had a graphically drawn “hello” on display. So we can expect the rumour mill’s recent leaks of a new MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iMac and 5K display to be pointed at this event.
The event itself will kick-off in San Francisco at 10am PST, which is 7pm BST in the UK. The expected big reveals have plenty of leaked details so far.
Apple hello again event: New MacBook Pro
Plenty of leaks from varying sources have suggested a new MacBook Pro is due to be unveiled soon. This is expected in both 13-inch and 15-inch variants where a new OLED touch panel will replace the function keys at the top of the keyboard.
This new panel could be used as a secondary display for things like loading bars and status of current playlists, for example, as well as the usual function keys.
Also expected on the new MacBook Pro line are beefed up processing powers, new USB-C ports, a thinner and lighter build, no more SD slot, an HDMI out and maybe even Touch ID on the power button.
Apple hello again event: New MacBook Air
The MacBook Air should get a refresh but at the expected demise of the 11-inch model which Apple is rumoured to ditch.
That should mean we see only a 13-inch MacBook Air with new USB-C port and maybe also that Touch ID fingerprint reading power button.
Apple hello again event: New iMac
Teasing that “hello” in the invite suggests Apple will be updating it’s older line of hardware in the desktop offering, its iMac.
While this isn’t expected to get a major overhaul, other than spec upgrades, it will likely also get a USB-C port. If this is used as the power port then that will mean sharing power cords across modern Macs is nice and easy, again.
Apple hello again event: 5K display
When it comes to monitors Apple is firmly focused on keeping its graphic design users happy and a 5K screen should go some way to doing that.
The Apple 5K display is expected to feature a built-in GPU allowing it to work with even lower powered devices but still churn out a hefty 5120 x 2880 resolution.