What To Expect From Apple Event, October 27, 2016
The invitation to the event to be held on the 27th of October looks intriguing and even cryptic: a colored apple and the ‘Hello again!’ line beneath.
Most likely, we’re to greet back the long-awaited MacBook Pro! It’s a high time with Kaby Lake entering the market! As we all remember, MacBook line-up hasn’t been updated since mid-2015 when they got an increased speed, a longer battery life, and a “Force Touch” trackpad. It’s a shame, really. To say nothing about much neglected and forsaken MacPro desktop, which owners might feel like the whole world left them behind.
But with leaders of the industry to concentrate on mobility and portability, Apple laptops are most likely to be upgraded fist. What sweet spots will we get?
A thinner body, sure. This is the Apple trademark after all: getting thinner and thinner and thinner. A fingerprints reading TouchID sensor like the one on iPhone. Apple is catching up with the biometrical ID trend for laptop and desktop systems. Two-factor authorization whether via iPhone or via Apple Watch is much less reliable nowadays. And let’s not forget the Windows Hello ID system, Apple’s long-life competitor Microsoft is launching.
The SSD storage can be boosted up to 2 TB but as to the price for 2 TB SSD powered laptops, I can’t imagine these figures. Be ready for sticker shock, everyone.
Apple goes touchy even more as the touch-sensitive OLED strip called ‘touch bar’ is rumored to replace the function keys in the top of the keyboard. The feature is supposed to be christened MagicTool. It will be able to change functions depending on the app running. That I personally would love to have. It’s a wild guess, really, but I do think the strip will have some Taptic engine for that one, because otherwise it may be hard to use when blind-typing.
And of course, some things will be dropped. Ports, or models, or software features. If Apple drops something like a hot potato, be assured: this feature has outlived its time forever.
USB-A will be replaced with magnetic MagSafe USB – Type C. There will be four of them, actually, and a headphone jack. That can be kind of a shock to users, as Apple laptops were always packed with various sockets and ports.
The 11-inch MacBooks are rumored to be dropped from the line-up as well. The upgraded Macbook Pro will have 13-inch and 15-inch displays.
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So, in a nutshell, we’re going to meet another compact, precise and boosting with hi-end technologies laptop. I’m looking forward to it. Are you?
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Credit photo: Macbook Pro