Apple Silicon MacBook Pro and AirPods event is on October 18

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Apple has announced that it will hold a second fall keynote event on Monday, Oct. 18, with the so-called "Unleashed" event expected to focus on new Apple Silicon high-end MacBook Pro models, and AirPods.




Apple's event is slated for 10 a.m. Pacific Time (1 p.m. Eastern). It comes about a month after Apple unveiled the iPhone 13, iPad mini 6, and other products at its Sept. 14 "California Streamin'" event.

As with Apple's keynotes during the pandemic, the event will likely be pre-recorded but broadcast live.






AppleInsider will be covering the event live, providing full analysis during and after the event, and will include details of all of Apple's product launches and updates.

What to expect at Apple's "Unleashed" event

Apple refreshed its iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch families back in September, but there are still some pending updates to expect in the Mac and AirPods lineup.

Most notably, Apple is likely to debut a new 14-inch MacBook Pro and a 16-inch MacBook Pro equipped with an upgraded Apple Silicon chip. The devices are also rumored to sport mini LED backlighting, upgraded cameras, and the possibility of additional port options.

Alongside the new MacBook Pro models, Apple could also unveil a refreshed Mac mini with a new chassis design, additional color options, expanded port selection, and the aforementioned Apple Silicon chip, which is likely to be the "M1X."

It's possible that Apple will also issue updates for its MacBook Air and iMac lineups. For the desktop model, a device with a larger screen may be on the docket.

As for AirPods, Apple is expected to debut a lower-cost model with a similar design to the AirPods Pro but without active noise cancellation.

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  • Reply 1 of 66
    Can’t wait for two reasons.

    One, I really want a new 16” MBP with Apple Silicon.

    Two, this will be our first look at just how far Apple has come with their custom processors. How they perform and what they include should give us a glimpse at future Macs (for example, CPU and GPU core counts and RAM support).
    bala1234Fred257caladanianTheObannonFileronnMisterKitvedelppacgWerkswatto_cobra
  • Reply 2 of 66
    urashidurashid Posts: 119member
    Warp speed!!!
    vedelppawatto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 66
    tjptjp Posts: 1member
    Just a coincidence that this was scheduled to be the day before Google’s launch of the Pixel 6?
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 66
    melgrossmelgross Posts: 33,095member
    tjp said:
    Just a coincidence that this was scheduled to be the day before Google’s launch of the Pixel 6?
    Yeah. The two have nothing to do with each other, and Apple’s event will get far more press coverage.
    edited October 12 thtdewmeStrangeDayslkruppronncgWerkswatto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 66
    Good God. On a Monday no less.

    Of course it's gonna happen on a day when I have scheduled medical tests all morning. (I kept Tuesday the 19th open: doggone Google.)

    Any way, if pattern holds we won't be able to preorder until Friday the 22nd, so I can still get in line early.

    16" MacBook Pro CTO, 32 GPU, 32 (or 64 GB) RAM, 2 (or 4 TB) SSD. Parenthetical specs are if nothing in the presentation precludes ARM Win running in a Parallels VM.

    If this thing performs as I hope it'll have the power to run x86 games in a Parallels ARM Win VM at full speed and full resolution using ARM Win's x86 -> ARM translator. Just hope that Parallels DirectX intercepts and Metal drivers are up to the task.
    fastasleepwatto_cobra
  • Reply 6 of 66
    If you watch the various computer hardware/PC builder channels on YouTube, you will see an entire industry in denial. They are trying to squeeze every last drop of precious performance out of their x86 CPUs by water cooling them, immersing them in liquid nitrogen or using fans usually reserved for Boeing 747s. Meanwhile, the M1 Mac Mini is quietly getting better single core performance than most of them. Whenever a Geekbench score is mentioned comparing the latest AMD to Intel, I have to ask "but what about the Apple M1?" I am ignored of course because that's not something they want to consider. In truth the entire PC industry is about to be turned upside down by the M1X, M2 and then, perhaps, the next generation of ARM processors in about two years when NVIDIA has had a chance to catch up with Apple. Microsoft appears to be well aware of this fact. They got that little memo from Apple saying that Windows ARM emulation speed is a Microsoft problem to solve. Recent build of Windows 11 for Arm are working quite well. Seeing GTA V playing at decent frame rates on the Mac Mini in Parallels is quite literally a game changer.
    Fred257caladanianmuthuk_vanalingamh2pTheObannonFileVermelhodavgregFidonet127
  • Reply 7 of 66
    Desperate for a larger iMac refresh.

    What does the Armchair-Predictor reveal?
    macapfelrobin huberpatchythepirateVermelhowatto_cobra
  • Reply 8 of 66
    mike1mike1 Posts: 2,780member

    Apple's event is slated for 10 a.m. Pacific Time (1 p.m. Eastern). It comes about a month after Apple unveiled the iPhone 13, iPad mini 6, and other products at its Sept. 14 "California Streamin'" event.

    I'd bet both events were filmed at the same time. No reason to bring in a crew and presenters twice.
    ronnAniMillwatto_cobra
  • Reply 9 of 66
    I hope Apple doesn’t forget there are a bunch of people desperately waiting for a 27” refresh. 
    SpitbathVermelhowatto_cobra
  • Reply 10 of 66
    thttht Posts: 4,089member
    Big questions on my mind:

    1. Will they offer 64 GB RAM, and if so, how? LPDDR5? In-package? 4 memory chips, or 8 in 4 pads stacked 2 high.
    2. What's the deal with the GPU? Will they offer 32 cores? If so, 16 cores in the SoC, 16 cores off-chip but in package? If so, makes for an MCM with 5 to 9 chips.
    3. If this M1X chip is used for the large iMac, how do they get to 128 GB RAM and 64 GPU cores?

    This is the first true blue, designed for a Mac SoC. Will be interesting to see what design paths they chose.
    caladanianMisterKitcgWerkswatto_cobra
  • Reply 11 of 66
    If you watch the various computer hardware/PC builder channels on YouTube, you will see an entire industry in denial. They are trying to squeeze every last drop of precious performance out of their x86 CPUs by water cooling them, immersing them in liquid nitrogen or using fans usually reserved for Boeing 747s. Meanwhile, the M1 Mac Mini is quietly getting better single core performance than most of them. Whenever a Geekbench score is mentioned comparing the latest AMD to Intel, I have to ask "but what about the Apple M1?" I am ignored of course because that's not something they want to consider. In truth the entire PC industry is about to be turned upside down by the M1X, M2 and then, perhaps, the next generation of ARM processors in about two years when NVIDIA has had a chance to catch up with Apple. Microsoft appears to be well aware of this fact. They got that little memo from Apple saying that Windows ARM emulation speed is a Microsoft problem to solve. Recent build of Windows 11 for Arm are working quite well. Seeing GTA V playing at decent frame rates on the Mac Mini in Parallels is quite literally a game changer.
    You should wait for somebody to test Parallels/ARM Windows/M#TBD and Gaming. That's a lot of layers of translation!

    Microsoft has already broken Parallels support, Parallels took a day or two to update.

    And ARM Windows is still a preview for the Insiders program:  https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windowsinsiderpreviewARM64

    You'll also need to confirm your Windows game runs on a 64 bit OS.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 12 of 66
    neilmneilm Posts: 914member
    Good God. On a Monday no less.
    Apple used to do Monday events, but attendees complained about having to travel in over the weekend, so they switched to Tuesdays. Now that events are virtual, any day should work.

    I'm sure slotting this one in the day before Google's is just a coincidence. Yeah, coincidence, that's it!  ;-)
    Fred257ronnpatchythepiratevedelppaFileMakerFellerwatto_cobra
  • Reply 13 of 66
    dewmedewme Posts: 3,890member
    If you watch the various computer hardware/PC builder channels on YouTube, you will see an entire industry in denial. They are trying to squeeze every last drop of precious performance out of their x86 CPUs by water cooling them, immersing them in liquid nitrogen or using fans usually reserved for Boeing 747s. Meanwhile, the M1 Mac Mini is quietly getting better single core performance than most of them. Whenever a Geekbench score is mentioned comparing the latest AMD to Intel, I have to ask "but what about the Apple M1?" I am ignored of course because that's not something they want to consider. In truth the entire PC industry is about to be turned upside down by the M1X, M2 and then, perhaps, the next generation of ARM processors in about two years when NVIDIA has had a chance to catch up with Apple. Microsoft appears to be well aware of this fact. They got that little memo from Apple saying that Windows ARM emulation speed is a Microsoft problem to solve. Recent build of Windows 11 for Arm are working quite well. Seeing GTA V playing at decent frame rates on the Mac Mini in Parallels is quite literally a game changer.

    Totally unrelated. There's a hobbyist community that's been playing around with all kinds of crazy sh** for decades seeing how far they can push various CPUs (and now GPUs and other chipsets) beyond their factory sanctioned performance specifications. These fun & games activities done by hobbyists and tech geeks have nothing at all to do with trying to keep up with Apple or anyone else. It's like saying that some dude putting a blower and nitrous oxide injection system on his '68 Camaro is trying to disrupt Ferrari or Lamborghini. Some people just enjoy having fun and seeing how far they can push things without blowing them up (or blowing them up too often). There's also a side effect that some of this hobbyist craziness identifies strategies that real product makers can incorporate, to some degree and in a controlled fashion, in real products instead of hobbies and big boy toys.

    The M1 is very cool and fast as all get out by today's standards, but in terms of next gen computing potentials it will someday be viewed as Apple's equivalent to the Intel 80386. Who knows, maybe some crazy hobbyists will soon be playing around with M1s in a few years trying to see how fast they can push them beyond what Apple originally intended. There may be upper limits in terms of where traditional RISC and CISC architectures can go, but we don't know where those limits are today, much less know where whatever technology replaces RISC and CISC and silicon will take us. Apple Silicon may have a little bit of a head start today, but the competition, including Intel and AMD, are not going to concede defeat, not by any stretch of the imagination.
    nadrielpatchythepiratewatto_cobra
  • Reply 14 of 66
    Fred257Fred257 Posts: 106member
    This is the event we’ve been waiting for!!
    williamlondonvedelppacgWerkswatto_cobra
  • Reply 15 of 66
    thttht Posts: 4,089member
    neilm said:
    Good God. On a Monday no less.
    Apple used to do Monday events, but attendees complained about having to travel in over the weekend, so they switched to Tuesdays. Now that events are virtual, any day should work.

    I'm sure slotting this one in the day before Google's is just a coincidence. Yeah, coincidence, that's it!  ;-)
    Apple has a Monday media event every single year. It's their biggest media event of the year, the WWDC Keynote. What people mean is a media event for the holiday shopping season.

    No word on whether this is an in-person event, but if it is a video event, it can be scheduled on any day and time. Really, no need to construct a conspiracy. It could just come down to Cook have some conflict. Life is mostly boring and mundane.
    ronnwatto_cobra
  • Reply 16 of 66
    Big iMac please. Why would I turn in my old bigger screen for a smaller one no matter how much faster the new one is? Waiting to upgrade. 
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 17 of 66
    Mike Peterson:

    the event will likely be pre-recorded but broadcast live
    Just like going to the cinema then.!?
    edited October 12 watto_cobra
  • Reply 18 of 66
    “Unleashed” implies Apple Silicon is being set free in some way. I guess it could be confined to Pro laptops (i.e., the M1 is “unleashed” in the M1X), but you have to wonder if we’re going to see an iMac Pro or something like that, free from the thermal constraints of tablets and laptops (and ultra-thin iMacs)…
    edited October 12 h2pronnmjtomlincgWerkswatto_cobra
  • Reply 19 of 66
    h2ph2p Posts: 310member
    macapfel said:
    I hope Apple doesn’t forget there are a bunch of people desperately waiting for a 27” refresh. 
    30" Asi iMac Pro this round or November. Anytime before Dec 31st to get in on the biz buying season/write off in 2021.
    edited October 12 ronnwatto_cobra
  • Reply 20 of 66
    Most interesting event of the whole year! Let's see how much overhyped our expectations are against what Apple has actually cooked for us. I'd hope being blowed away, maybe I should leave all these rumor websites.
    muthuk_vanalingamvedelppacgWerkswatto_cobra
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