Apple is expected to announce the new range of Mac devices at its event Thursday at its Cupertino, California, campus. Updates to the MacBook Pro, iMac and MacBook Air are expected to be showcased at the event. The company, which announced Wednesday a decline in its profits, competes with Microsoft's recently announced products including the new Surface Book and the Microsoft Surface Studio.
Here's what to expect from Apple's Oct. 27 launch event:
Apple's MacBook Pro received its last major update in 2012. A new model is expected to be announced at the event. The new MacBook Pro is expected to be thinner and lighter than the existing model. The device will continue to have 13-inch and 15-inch models, which would be thinner, but still not as thin as MacBook Air's tapered design, Bloomberg reported.
According to a leaked image from the MacOS Sierra 10.12.1, the device might come with narrower bezels around the display and the keyboard. It is also expected to come with a new OLED touch-sensitive strip with brightness controls, music controls and volume controls.
The device could also have a TouchID fingerprint scanner and USB-C connectivity. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said the device is expected to come with Intel’s Skylake processors, improved retina display and a 2 TB SSD option.
Apple’s MacBook Air range is expected to get an update Thursday. Apple might be equipping the device with a USB-C port, Bloomberg reported. It is also rumored that the company will discontinue the 11-inch MacBook Air and provide consumers with only one option — the 13-inch model.
The iMac received major upgrades in 2014 and 2015. This time around, the company is expected to add a USB-C port and an AMD graphics card. The refreshed models are, however, expected to be made available only in 2017.
New Apple TV app
Apple is expected to announce a new app for Apple TV at the event, which will give suggestions to consumers on what they should be watching.
What not to expect from the event:
Apple announced Wednesday that the release of its wireless headphones — the AirPods — would be delayed.
Apple’s iPads are due for an update, but they are not expected to get one in 2016.
You can live-stream the event on the iPod Touch, iPad and iPhone devices.