Friday, 21 October 2016 06:04

Hello Again: Apple launching new Macs 28 October at 4am AEDT

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At 10am on 27 October in California, which is 4am AEDT 28 October in Australia, Apple will launch a refresh of many Mac lines, something the company has taken its time to update.

There have been a lot of articles lately, bemoaning the fact that Apple is taking long periods of time between Mac upgrades, but that wait is now nearly over.

Apple has sent out invitations to select media to attend its ‘Hello Again’ event, where a series of new Macs are expected to finally be unveiled.

With the original Mac launched with "hello" written on its B&W screen, Hello Again is a clear reference to the Mac product line.

There have been many rumours about what will be unveiled, from a new Retina MacBook Pro models with a special touch sensitive OLED display/strip along the top of the keyboard, purportedly where the F-Series keys are currently.

Whether this will also see new Mac Pro, iMac, 5K Thunderbolt display and new MacBook Air models is unknown, but widely rumoured. Perhaps the Mac Mini will get an update too, restoring easy upgradability to the unit if we’re lucky.

Apple will be live-streaming the event online here, even if it does mean 4am for anyone watching in Sydney or Melbourne.

USB-C ports are said to be replacing USB 3.0 altogether, but whether a female lightning port will accompany, if not replace the 3.5mm audio jack, and whether Apple will offer a native Touch ID capability to the Retina MacBook Pro is something we’ll just have to wait and see – along with whether Apple has any "one more thing" surprises planned to share too.

So, new Macs are on the way at last, which should make those wishing to upgrade to the latest models very happy.

It also happens to be on the day after Microsoft unveils new information about Windows 10 and various Windows-powered devices, which you can read about here

The Mac vs PC wars continue!

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