MacBook-iMac News: Apple’s Oct. 27 Event Will Focus On MacBook Not iMac, Says Analyst

Apple is gearing up for the upcoming event on October 27 where they will unveil new MacBooks but not the highly anticipated iMac.

According to Mac Rumors, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo revealed a new research report predicting Apple’s plans for their upcoming event this October.

Apparently, the analyst found viable data that provided enough basis for predictions on Apple’s “Hello Again” event on Thursday, October 27.

The report indicated that Apple will be using the event to introduce a new MacBook Pro as well as a 13-inch MacBook which is most likely the rumored MacBook Air Kuo has previously predicted.

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According to Kuo, the Apple event on Thursday will showcase a redesigned MacBook Pro which would come in 13-inch and 15-inch variants with the additional features of an OLED touch bar, a Touch ID sensor, a USB-C port, and Thunderbolt 3 matched with its 2015 butterfly keyboard design.

He also added a couple of other details into the report which you may find interesting.

Kuo’s predictions put Intel’s Skylake processor under the hood of Apple’s MacBook Pro together with “the same panel resolution but better display quality and energy efficiency thanks to an oxide panel.” The MacBook Pro is expected to be much lighter and thinner than its predecessor.

Kuo said it is also possible for Apple to adopt a similar processor powering the Apple Watch “to control the OLED touch bar more energy-efficiently in the new MacBook Pro models.”

Finally, he said that the Cupertino-based company might also include a Type-C and MagSafe-like adapter to take advantage of positive reviews for the MagSafe charging design. However, it is not sure whether Apple itself will be providing the adapter.

Aside from MacBook Pro, Kuo also expects Apple to introduce a “13-inch MacBook” that is most probably Apple’s rumored MacBook Air that is updated to include USB-C ports.

This device, according to another article from Mac Rumors, will reportedly be taking the entry-level slot of Apple’s laptop family because of its comparatively low price.


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No iMacs Or Display Yet

While Kuo is positive about the launch of the MacBook laptops on Thursday, he is not confident that Apple will be able to manage to introduce the highly anticipated iMacs and display.

Apparently, the iMacs and Cinema Display are being developed but will not be finished in time for delivery should it be unveiled during this week’s Apple event.

“We also expect Apple to launch new iMacs (21.5-inch and 27-inch) and Cinema Display (27-inch) in mid- 1H17. We cannot say for certain whether Apple will announce the new iMacs and Cinema Display on October 27 as the shipping schedule is not imminent.”

Because of this, the analyst strongly believes that Apple will be scheduling the release of these devices during the first half of 2017 at the earliest.

Previously, rumors emerged about the new iMacs slated for release in October 2016 based on a Best Buy leak about an advanced warning of imminent early release as reported by Apple Insider.

What is interesting about this leak is the processor for Apple’s all-in-one which, based on the report, would most probably be Intel’s seventh-generation “Kaby Lake” Core i7 chip.

Of course, there are speculations and predictions which cannot be confirmed if true unless we watch Apple’s “Hello Again” event at 1 p.m. ET on Thursday, October 27. Live streaming will be available via Apple’s official website.

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