Apple Store down ahead of new MacBook Pro event later today



The Apple Store is down ahead of Apple’s “Unleashed” media event in October, which begins at 10:00 am PT today.

We expect to see a major update to the MacBook Pro lineup, with the arrival of redesigned 14-inch and 16-inch models with next-gen Apple Silicon “M1X”. There are also rumors about AirPods 3 and an M1X Mac mini update.

Today’s “Unleashed” event will be the first time Apple will transition its Mac pro lines to Apple Silicon, in its move away from power-hungry Intel processors. About a year ago, Apple released the M1 MacBook Air, M1 MacBook Pro, and M1 Mac mini to rave reviews.

These products have shown that Apple can deliver incredible performance coupled with cutting-edge energy efficiency. Everyone is now looking forward to what Apple can deliver in machines with larger thermal envelopes, like the high-end MacBook Pro. The ‘M1X’ chip is expected to feature a 10-core processor design and a 16-core GPU, with a 32-core GPU option also available.

However, the new MacBook Pro is more than just a specification upgrade. A new outer chassis design is believed to be coming, with thinner display bezels and possibly a notch, with flat sides similar to the hardware aesthetic of the iPad Pro, iPhone 12/13. and the iMac M1. The new MacBook Pros are also expected to feature the return of dedicated ports for the HDMI / SD card slot, a “MagSafe” magnetic power connector, and more.

Outside of the MacBook Pro world, an update to the base AirPods model is rumored, which will include Spatial Audio and shorter headphone stems, resembling their AirPods Pro siblings. A top-of-the-line Mac mini is also in the works, though it’s less clear if that will be part of today’s announcements. Stay tuned to 9to5Mac for full coverage of the ‘Unleashed’ event.

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