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Hello again: What to expect from Apple's Mac event on Thursday

Caitlin McGarry | Oct. 27, 2016
Apple is gearing up to release a full slate of new MacBooks.

MacBook Air

The MacBook Pro may hang on to USB-A ports, but we may see the MacBook Air go all-in with USB-C. This would be less of a shock to the system than the Pro change (especially if the Pro sized down to one port).

MacBook

KGI Securities is expecting a 13-inch MacBook to join the 12-inch MacBook in the single-port Retina laptop lineup. The firm doesn’t say whether the 13-inch model would replace the 12-inch one, though it would be strange for Apple to sell two MacBooks so close in size. We’re a little skeptical about this one, but we’ll find out on Thursday.

21 retina imac rumor
The iMac is definitely getting an overhaul. The only question is when. 

What about the iMac?

KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a pretty good track record when it comes to Apple product announcements, doesn’t expect new iMacs with AMD chips or that rumored 5K external display with integrated GPU, which Apple was reportedly working on with LG. The company phased out its 27-inch Thunderbolt Display this summer, so there’s a hole where a 5K display would slide in nicely. And both of those products are reportedly still in the pipeline, but it’s unclear if they’re ready to roll. Bloomberg also reported that a new iMac was in the works, but didn’t say if it would take the stage at Thursday’s event.

Mac Pro or Mac mini?

Usually in the lead-up to an Apple event, rumors about major product announcements start swirling months in advance. Unfortunately, there have been absolutely no leaked details about an overhauled Mac Pro or Mac mini. Apple could surprise us all with brand new versions of both, but don’t hold your breath.

 

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