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Apple MacBooks are getting an overhaul, and there’s a keynote taking place tonight. This time Apple’s event is taking place at the company’s campus in Cupertino, instead of San Francisco like it is with most big product announcements. Apple’s event takes place at 10.00 am PDT, which should be around 10.30 PM IST. We answer all the questions related to Apple’s event tonight.
What time is the event, and where is it taking place?
Apple event will take place in the company’s Cupertino Campus on October 27, which is today. The keynote will go live at 10.00 am PDT. The India time for the event is 10.30 pm tonight.
Will there be a live-stream of the event? How do I watch it?
As with all Apple keynotes, the company will have a live-stream of the event. Apple.com will have the keynote livestream for everyone to watch. Apple uses its own HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) technology. Users will require an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with Safari on iOS 7.0 or later, a Mac with Safari 6.0.5 or later on OS X v10.8.5 or later.
PC users will need to use the Edge browser on Windows 10. Streaming via Apple TV requires an Apple TV (2nd or 3rd generation) with software 6.2 or later or an Apple TV (4th generation).
So what is launching this time around?
Apple is expected to refresh its new MacBook Pro and Air lineup, according to several reports. This overhaul has been long due from Apple. According to leaked reports, Apple will introduce a new redesigned 15-inch MacBook Pro and possibly a 13-inch MacBook Air.
The new MacBook Air is expected to feature a touch OLED bar called Magic Toolbar, instead of the regular function keys. The images of redesigned MacBook Pro with OLED touch bar and a flatter keyboard similar to the 12-inch MacBook have been leaked recently. This OLED touch bar will allow a user to customize functions for application.
And yes, the new MacBooks are expected to come with the latest Intel seventh generation processor. They could also come with AMD graphics processors. According to rumours, Apple will also ditch every other port in favour of Type-C USB ports, and the MagSafe charger will also be done away with on the new MacBooks. Apple could also add TouchID support to the MacBooks.
What’s happening with the MacBook Air?
So far people are expecting a new MacBook Air as well. Apple is expected to launched a new 13-inch MacBook Air, killing the 11-inch version since they now have a 12.9-inch iPad Pro which is a pretty powerful device.
What about new iMacs?
New 5K iMacs could make an appearance at the event, but for now that looks very unlikely and there’s been no information around them. Also the Mac Minis, Mac Pro have been due for an upgrade since 2014 and 2013 respectively, so perhaps this might be an event where we get some update on these.
What else: a new iPad or Apple TV?
This is an Apple event, so they could have a surprise up their sleeve. A new iPad seems unlikely, given sales aren’t really rising. We could also see an update on the Apple TV front.