If you’re hoping to get yourself a new iMac or find out more about the rumoured new 5K display from Apple this coming event on Friday, you might be in for a disappointment. According to reports, Apple will only announce new MacBook devices at the event.
Apple will be hosting an event this Thursday, 27 October 2016 at its campus in Cupertino. Previous rumours suggests that the company will unveil new MacBook Pros, MacBook Airs, iMacs and a brand new external display, but according to KGI, the latter two will not ship this year, KGI says that they should be expected in the first half of 2017.
According to Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI, Apple will announce redesigned 13” and 15” MacBook Pros that have been brewing in the rumour mill for quite some time now. They are reported to feature a new OLED touch bar, Touch ID on the power button, and adopt new ports such as USB-C, Thunderbolt 3.
“Our new predictions also include: (1) Intel’s (US) Skylake processor; (2) the same panel resolution but better display quality and energy efficiency thanks to an oxide panel; (3) a new option of 2TB SSD storage capacity; (4) adoption of a similar processor as Apple Watch to control the OLED touch bar more energy-efficiently in the new MacBook Pro models; and (5) a Type-C & MagSafe-like adapter rolled out by Apple or a third-party supplier, given positive reviews for the MagSafe charging design.”
Kuo also says that Apple will unveil a new larger 13” MacBook. This might be the new MacBook Air with USB-C ports that has been rumoured for quite some time now. As for the new iMac and standalone display, while KGI believes that these devices will not ship this year, Apple could announce them in its upcoming event.
“We also expect Apple to launch new iMacs (21.5-inch and 27-inch) and Cinema Display (27-inch) in mid- 1H17. We cannot say for certain whether Apple will announce the new iMacs and Cinema Display on October 27 as the shipping schedule is not imminent.”
Apple’s event will be happening at 10am PDT on 27 October 2016. For those of you who would like to catch the livestream, that’s 1am for us on 28 October 2016.