The MacBook Pro is about to get a major redesign. Apple is expected to hold an event Thursday to announce a new body and features for its popular computer.
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted it will be "the most significant upgrade ever undertaken by Apple." Similar to the tech company’s September launch event when new iPhone 7 models were unveiled, among other anticipated product launches, Apple will be live streaming its Thursday event.
The original invitation released by the company bore the line, “hello again,” a possible direct reference to the original Macintosh computer’s debut with the line “hello, I’m Macintosh." This led many to believe that the event will see the debut of a new line of Macs.
To watch the live stream of the event, users will need to have at least the iOS 7.0 and up, according to Fortune. The live stream will be available through the iPod Touch, the iPhone and the iPad.
The event will also be available through the Apple site through the Safari browser. Mac users will need the Safari 6.0.5 version, at least, the outlet reported.
As for PC users? The live stream will be available through Microsoft Edge browser. Ironically enough, Fortune also pointed out that Google Android users would not be able to watch the event from the devices. This could be because Apple’s live stream technology is compatible through iOS, but not for Android.
Rumors surrounding the possible Mac product launch suggest that three new laptops could debut, including a newly improved MacBook Pro, which is rumored to feature an OLED touch strip with customizable touch screen keys.
"The body of the machine will not be tapered like the MacBook Air or the Retina MacBook, but it is said to have shallower curves around the edges, a wider pressure-sensitive Force Touch trackpad, metal injection mold-made hinges, thin speaker grilles next to the keyboard, up to 2TB of storage space, and a flatter MacBook-style keyboard with more stable keys that use a butterfly mechanism and single LED backlighting," Mac Rumors wrote.
Viewers can get the real story by tuning into Apple’s event live stream at 1 p.m. ET.