All About the October 18 ‘Unleashed’ Apple Event Including New MacBook Pro, And More

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Apple during its first fall event of 2021, concentrated majorly on the iPhone and the Apple Watch. Now, the company is gearing up for its second event, which might be centered around Mac. Apple will release the much-awaited 14 and 16-inch variants of the MacBook Pro models. On top of that, we might also get to see new variants of AirPods and a new Mac mini.

In this piece, we have brought to you details about the devices that Apple might reveal during the October event. Here is everything we know so far. 

14 and 16-inch MacBook Pro Models

Apple released a new variant of the 16-inch MacBook Pro two years back, so the updated variant is long due. Coming to the new MacBook variants, they will feature major design changes. We have seen many reports suggesting the same for many months now.

Specifically, Apple might reveal new 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pro models with the same flat edges we got to see on iPhone 13, iPad Pro, iPad Air, and iPad mini.

Moreover, the new MacBook will feature slimmer bezels and might miss MacBook Pro wording. Earlier, MacBook Pros used to have MacBook Pro wordings engraved at the bottom. Plus, Apple is also planning to bring back the ports that the company has not included in any laptop after 2016. The laptops might feature an SD card slot and an HDMI port, alongside the USB-C ports and headphone jack.

MagSafe is coming back to MacBook Pro

What’s more, MagSafe will make a comeback in the 2021 computers, with a breakaway MagSafe charging port that looks similar to the MagSafe port that Apple utilized in pre-2016 machines. MagSafe technology may provide quicker charging speeds than USB-C, although particular specifications are unknown at this time. MagSafe will need a new charging connection and a new power adapter.

The 2021 MacBook Pro models will not have an interactive OLED Touch Bar. Instead, it will feature a basic row of function keys again similar to the classic design.


According to a last-minute Weibo report, the forthcoming MacBook Pro models would include a notch at the top that houses the webcam, implying exceptionally small bezels. The leaker suggests this notch will be similar in size to the one on the iPhone 12.

This rumor may appear ridiculous, but given the resolutions of the two computers, it’s not out of the question. The MacBook Pro versions have resolutions of 3024 by 1964 and 3456 by 2234, respectively. The resulting 3024 by 1890 and 3456 by 2160 resolutions are identical to a 16:10 aspect ratio after subtracting 74 pixels from the height of both for the purported notch.

Because all of Apple’s current MacBooks have a 16:10 aspect ratio, a 74-pixel notch is theoretically possible, but it’s unclear how it would function with the macOS interface. The 74-pixel bar at the top of the screen could be used for something other than a notch, although we’re not sure what. A photo of a MacBook Pro display confirms the presence of a notch, as well as almost non-existent bezels.

Along with the notch, the initial report states that the next MacBook Pro’s entire keyboard area, not just the keys, will be black and that the new machines will be thicker with larger fans.

Apple is likely to adopt mini-LED panels for the MacBook Pro models. If that happens, MacBook Pro will become the second Apple gadget to feature mini-LED displays following the 12.9-inch iPad Pro in 2021. Mini-LED technology will allow for a slimmer and lighter design while providing many of the same benefits of OLED, such as a wider color gamut, higher contrast and dynamic range, and truer blacks.

Furthermore, the new MacBook Pro versions are rumored to support up to 64GB RAM. Apple might use the same M1X CPU for the 14 and 16-inch sizes. Hence, both models may offer feature parity. Due to the similarity of both machines, pricing disparities between the two sizes will be less than the previous generations. Base models might come with 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage, with higher-priced upgrades available.

AirPods 3

Apple is working on a new variant of the AirPods. If reports are to be believed, these new AirPods are ready for release. Hence, we might get to see the launch of new AirPods too during the October event. However, it is important to note that the AirPods 3 were expected to launch in September. Obviously, that didn’t happen at all.

The AirPods 3 are rumored to sport a more AirPods Pro-like look with shorter stems and a revamped charging case, but they’ll remain more inexpensive and lack high-end features like Active Noise Cancellation.

The ‌‌AirPods‌‌ 3 are expected to feature a more ‌‌AirPods‌‌ Pro-like design with shorter stems and a redesigned charging case. But they’ll continue to be available at a more affordable price point. However, they won’t have high-end features like Active Noise Cancellation.

Also Read: Apple Working On To Add More Functionalities To Apple CarPlay.

Mac mini

It’s probable that we’ll see a new Mac mini during the presentation. Apple is working on a high-end version with an updated design and the same “M1X” CPU that’s expected to be used in the MacBook Pro.

The next Mac mini might look similar to the present model. However, it will feature a reduced footprint and a “plexiglass-like top” that rests over the metal enclosure. It will have four Thunderbolt ports, two USB-A connectors, an Ethernet port, and an HDMI port, similar to current versions. But it is likely to use the same magnetic power port as the 24-inch iMac.

Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman predicted the redesigned Mac mini will arrive in the “next several months” around August. The Mac mini is likely to replace Apple’s current Intel Mac mini; it will be available alongside the current M1 Mac mini.

Also Read: Firmware 4A400 Update Brings Several New Features To AirPods Pro.

macOS Monterey Launch Date

In September, Apple released iOS 15, iPadOS 15, watchOS 8, and tvOS 15, but we’re still waiting for macOS Monterey, which is still in beta.

New versions of macOS are generally released later than previous software upgrades, and we’re hoping to hear a release date at the October event. Because Apple’s next 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro models are expected to ship with macOS Monterey, the software must first be released.

Also Read: YouTube Adding New Features Including Livestream Captions To All Creators.


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