Mark Gourmet | Bloomberg
Apple Inc. has set a media event date to unveil its first redesign of its MacBook Pro laptop in five years: October 18th.
The event, announced under the slogan “Unleashed”, will be Apple’s second event in the fall season of device launches. The company held an online event last month to unveil the iPhone 13 lineup, the new iPad, and the Apple Watch Series 7.
The new MacBook Pro will mark the biggest product change since its current design was announced in October 2016. The new models will be the first high-performance MacBook Pros to replace Intel Corp. processors designed by Apple. The Mac – once Apple’s flagship product – remains a stable seller for the Cupertino, California-based company, accounting for about 10% of sales.
The latest models will include a new design, a MagSafe magnetic charger and updated 14- and 16-inch displays. The devices will also bring back the HDMI port removed in the last redesign and remove the controversial Touch Bar strip from the keyboard. Apple last upgraded its low-end MacBook Pro late last year with the M1 processor. The high-end MacBook Pro hasn’t been updated in two years.
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The new MacBook Pros, internally codenamed J314 and J316, will use a higher-performance version of the M1 chip with improved performance for both basic computing and graphics, Bloomberg News reported earlier this year.
The new chips will have a total of 10 cores, including eight high-performance cores for more complex tasks and two low-power cores for simpler operations. They will also have both 16-core and 32-core configurations for graphics. This compares to the M1, which comes with four high-performance and four low-power cores and seven or eight graphics cores.
The new chips will eventually appear on other Macs of the future as well. Apple is also working on an updated high-end Mac mini, a smaller Mac Pro, a larger iMac, a new budget-class MacBook Pro, and an updated MacBook Air.
In addition to the new Macs, Apple is working on a successor to its younger AirPods. According to Bloomberg News, the new version will be similar to the AirPods Pro and will have a redesigned charging case.
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