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Apple sent out invitations to yet another streaming event yesterday, this time on October 18 at 1 PM ET. (That will be next Monday!)

The invite is sparse on details, as is typical with Apple, but given what we know about the company’s future, it’s very easy to estimate what will be announced:

  • First and foremost, the long-rumored redesign of the 14- and 16-inch Macbook Pros is expected.
  • If rumours are true, they will have larger screens, MagSafe chargers, as well as the return of the HDMI port and SD card slot, and no longer have a touch bar at the top of the keyboard.
  • A tweet from Apple marketing executive Greg Joswiak has a series of flying dots, which may or may not indicate that micro LED technology will be introduced.
  • There’s also the upgraded M1X processor, which is set to steal the show.
  • According to earlier this year’s rumours, it will increase from eight to 10 CPU cores and from seven or eight to 16 or 32 GPU cores.
  • Last year, the M1 blasted the competition out of the water with remarkable performance and superior power and heat efficiency.
  • A Mac Mini M1X upgrade is also on the agenda. It’s also said to have more ports than last year’s model, making it a more appealing option for power users.

Then there are the revamped AirPods.

  • There’s also a potential that Apple will unveil a third iteration of its ubiquitous earphones.
  • These have been speculated for months, with one storey claiming that production began in August.
  • It’s worth noting that these are the entry-level ($160) AirPods, not the AirPods Pro ($250).
  • The new AirPods, however, are expected to have a form more akin to the Pro models, with shorter stems and a revised charging case.

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