Forget iPhone, Apple Has Big Hardware Refresh Plans

Forget iPhone, Apple Has Big Hardware Refresh Plans
Apple Products by Sean MacEntee on 2013-11-29 00:42:48

Apple has planned a major event for September 7 to unveil its latest iPhone, but the company appears to have a much grander hardware refresh on the horizon. Bloomberg reports that the company plans to announce new versions of its iMac desktop, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air laptops and a new 5K standalone monitor as well in collaboration with LG.

Big hardware plans from Apple?

Later this year, we might get to see the arrival of some of the devices, Bloomberg says – citing sources familiar with Apple’s plans. Instead of the September iPhone event, the company will hold a hardware event in October to make Mac-related announcements, the report notes. Apple typically announces new iPads at that time.

This fall, however, Apple won’t update the iPad lineup, but will focus on software features instead, so that its new iPad becomes more appealing to the professional users. The ability to annotate inside apps across the operating system with the Apple Pencil stylus is one of the changes we would get to see.

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Coming to the Mac upgrades, Apple will release a more up-to-date version of the MacBook Air with a USB-C port, something similar to the standard MacBook released last year. Also, the new iMac could get a graphics boost. On the other hand, the 5K monitor with LG could replace the Thunderbolt display that has been discontinued now, notes the Verge.

According to the Verge, the MacBook Pro is expected to get the biggest change. The gadget could be slimmed down to come with a flatter keyboard.

What’s on Apple’s mind this time?

Apple has officially announced that it will hold an event on September 7 in San Francisco. Unlike prior invitations for such events, this time there are no clues to determine what is going on in Tim Cook & Co.’s mind. The iPhone 7 has been in rumors for a long timme, and we can expect to get the first view of the device that day. It is expected that there will be more than one model of the iPhone 7: namely, an iPhone 7 Plus.

The event will take place at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, where Apple has hosted its last few product launches. Relatively modest changes are expected to the new iPhone aside from the removal of the headphone jack. This has given birth to a lot of controversy as users will have to use wireless Bluetooth headphones or a headphone that connects to Apple’s proprietary Lightning port.

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