Apple announces October 18 Unleashed event. MacBooks and AirPods likely on tap,
Apple’s next major product event is officially scheduled for October 18, the company confirmed in an invite sent out today.
The event, dubbed “Unleashed,” is scheduled to take place at 10 am Pacific Time/1 p.m. Eastern, and it will broadcast on Apple.com from Apple Park in Cupertino.
The chief suspects for the announcement are updated MacBooks and possibly new AirPods. However, Apple already announced new iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches during a previous event in September, which leaves its PCs and audio equipment as the stragglers.
Apple is all set with Unleashed Event on 18 Oct.
Apple has announced its second virtual event, held on October 18 at 110:00 am PDT (10:30 pm in India). The company has released a teaser showing an Apple logo formed of beams of light against a black backdrop with the word “Unleashed,” It seems like the effect is often used to show spaceships traveling at great speed.
This could reference the rumored Apple M1X processor, which might be at the heart of the new MacBook Pro and Mac Mini models, which are expected to be announced. However, Apple has not officially suggested or confirmed anything they might tell at the event.
The virtual ‘Unleashed’ event will be broadcast from Apple Park. Rumors and leaks point to the debut of new M1X-based 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models with better connectivity, MagSafe charging, and no Touch Bar. In addition, Apple could unveil a completely redesigned Mac mini.
Finally, the event could also be where Apple launches new third-generation AirPods, designed like the current AirPods Pro but targeted at a lower price. The new AirPods 3 were earlier expected to be announced at last month’s iPhone 13 series launch event.
These products are expected to go on sale shortly after the event, in time for the US holiday shopping season.
The Bottom Line
Rumors suggest that the same M1X processor will feature in a redesigned higher-end Mac Mini. The new machine will reportedly have more ports than last year’s M1 model, with two Thunderbolt / USB 4 Type-C ports and two USB Type-A ports. The changes should make the new Mac Mini much better suited to power users.
Finally, Apple may announce a pair of redesigned AirPods, representing the third generation of the company’s original true wireless earbuds. The AirPods are expected to adopt a design similar to the AirPods Pro, with shorter stems and a redesigned charging case.