New MacBook Pro: Apple sends out invites to October 27 event


Apple has sent out media invites to an event on October 27 where it is widely expected to unveil an all new version of its MacBook Pro laptop.

The invite contains an image of the Apple logo alongside the text “hello again”, which is thought to be a nod to the original Mac which was released in 1984 with the word “hello’.

The event will be held at Apple’s Cupertino HQ in California and is scheduled to start at 10am local time, 12am October 28, Bangkok time.

While Apple launched its new iPhone and refreshed Apple Watch only last month, the design of the MacBook Pro hasn’t been overhauled since 2012 and is in need of a refresh.

At the event, Apple is expected to unveil new 13 and 15 inch retina models, which will include a similar and much slimmer aluminium chassis as found on the current generation of the MacBook.

The new MacBook Pro is also likely to include an OLED touchscreen display and large Force Touch trackpad.

Apple Hello again

Recent reports also suggested that Apple will replace the row of function keys with a new touch screen panel, which can adapt and change in order to offer up specific buttons depending on what you are doing on screen at that time.

For example, if you are listening to music or watching a movie in iTunes, the keys will change to offer up options should as skip, stop, pause or play. A different set of buttons would then be displayed if you were browsing the web or editing a photo.

The OLED touchscreen will also be able to scan your fingerprint and will work in the same way as the Touch ID sensor on an iPhone.

The sensor will be built into the power button meaning you can start the device and login with a single tap.

The presence of the Touch ID means you can also use it to log into websites or apps without the need to use a password.

It could also be used to verify payments on Apple Pay, which will be coming to the Mac in the next update of its operating system, currently known as MacOS Sierra.

Apple is also expected to remove the MagSafe charger from the new MacBook Pro, instead adding four USB-C ports, which will also support Thunderbolt 3.

As well as the new MacBook Pro, Apple is also tipped to launch a new iPad Pro and could even unveil a new MacBook Air.

Meanwhile, tech rival Microsoft is also expected to unveil a number of new products a day earlier than Apple on October 26. The highlight of which is thought to be Microsoft’s new Surface all-in-one PC that will rival the iMac.


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