Apple Scary Fast October event: Here’s what to expect | Digital trends

After months of rumors, Apple has finally announced an event where it will unveil a slew of new products to waiting fans on October 30. The event will start inexplicably late at 5pm local time and will be streamed online for all to see. Dubbed the horror flick, it looks like the show will focus primarily on the company’s Macs, but what exactly will we see?

We know Macs will be in the spotlight at Apple’s show for one simple reason: the teaser animation Apple used to announce the event shows the company’s logo turning into an icon for the Finder, a Mac-only app. Can be found. That’s a pretty strong clue if ever we saw one.

We’ve scoured the rumor mill for the latest leaks and tidbits about the show. If you want to know what’s coming, read on.

13-inch MacBook Pro with M3 chip

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While Apples M2 chip It wasn’t a huge upgrade over the M1, almost certainly things will be different with the M3. The device will be built on a 3nm process (just like the A17 Pro chip in the iPhone 15 Pro), which is expected to greatly improve its performance and efficiency.

With that in mind, it’s reasonable to assume that a show called Scary Fast will introduce this next-gen Mac chip. But to which devices will it find its way?

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For now, the 13-inch MacBook Pro seems likely. Apple usually releases new chips in consumer Macs first, followed by professional models. Apple last updated the 13-inch MacBook Pro in June 2022 and before that in late 2020, so this 18-month upgrade cycle would fit nicely with the October 2023 release.

What about MacBook Air? It’s a little more complicated. While the 13-inch model received the M2 chip in June 2022, the 15-inch MacBook Air is actually much younger, only launching in summer 2023. That almost certainly puts it out of contention for the October event. An idea that Mark Gorman Backs upsaid that development of the M3 MacBook Air is behind the MacBook Pro, and we probably won’t see it until 2024.

16-inch and 14-inch MacBook Pro

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It is also possible that 16 inches and The 14-inch MacBook Pro laptops will receive M3 Pro and M3 Max chips at Apple’s event. This definitely warrants the Scary Fast theme given their expected power.

However, there are reasons to be skeptical, as these high-end MacBook Pros were last updated in January 2023. Offering two versions of the same laptop 10 months apart would be very unusual and probably not very popular with Mac users either.

It will also be unprecedented for Apple to release multiple chips at the same time. In this case, Apple will simultaneously introduce M3, M3 Pro and M3 Max.

However, we can’t completely rule it out since this is a Mac event that is supposed to introduce new high-speed devices. In addition, Bloomberg reporter Mark Gorman has noted that there is inventory of these laptops Almost dry, with long waiting time if you want to order. This is often a sign that Apple is clearing inventory pending new models.

In fact, Gorman says it has little doubt The laptops will be unveiled at Apple’s trade show, while Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes the M3 will be the MacBook Pro. Event focus. So don’t be surprised if these laptops appear on October 30.

If these MacBook Pros do To be announced, we expect it to be just a chip update with a few other changes.

iMac and iMac Pro

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For months, there have been strong rumors that Apple will update itself A 24-inch iMac at the October event, an idea bolstered by the fact that Apple hasn’t touched the device since early 2021.

But how exactly will it be set? This is where the consensus ends. Mark Gorman thinks the iMac will skip the M2 chip and instead go straight from the M1 to the M3, making it one of the first Apple computers to carry the next-generation chip.

However, renowned Apple expert John Gruber has other ideas. He has pointed out that the Vision Pro headset will come with the M2 chip and won’t be available until 2024, so if Apple launches its Macs with the M3, the Vision Pro will instantly look outdated. This is not a good look for such a huge flagship product.

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On top of that, Apple has apparently ordered all of TSMCs 3nm chipmaker chips exclusively for its A17 Pro, leaving nothing for the M3 Macs until TSMC can restock. That could make any Macs with an M3 launch in 2023 a bit unlikely.

However, the M2 chip can hardly justify the Scary Fast slogan. But Gruber has another idea that we could see the return of the iMac Pro. It may be equipped with M2 Pro and M2 Max chips, which are suitable for event names. This iMac Pro will also, in theory, be a larger and superior design. I think it won’t offer the same vivid colors as the 24-inch iMac.

On the other hand, focusing on M2 iMacs like this severely limits what Apple can offer, as the MacBook line already received chips from the M2 generation. As Gruber admits, the event might end up being about the M3, which could potentially mean iMacs and MacBooks, or even the M3 Pro and M3 Max iMac Pro.

And Mark Gorman makes the good point that Apple is doing this itself Huge lack of service By not launching M3 chips. He argues that I would be very shocked if Apple held an official event with a video, invitations and pre-announcement, since it’s nothing more than an iMac refresh with existing chips. So don’t rule out the idea of ​​an M3 iMac or iMac Pro just yet.

Do you have something else in mind?

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That leaves a few Macs in Apple’s lineup: the Mac Mini, Mac Studio, and Mac Pro. The last two were updated on Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June 2023, so we can rule them out. But what about the Mac Mini?

Like the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros, the Mac mini will receive new chips in January 2023. This indicates that it is probably too early for another replacement. Mark Gorman has said that Apple is testing an M3 Mac mini with a 2024 release date in mind, and that seems like a reasonable timeline.

So, expect to see the MacBook and maybe the iMac at the Scary Fast event. If you’re interested in Apple’s other Macs, you’ll probably have to wait a little longer.

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