Friday, October 28th, 2016

What to expect from Apple in October launch…

Deepa Dileep | October 28, 2016 4:15 am Print
While Apple is keeping mum about what it has in store, it's believed the company is gearing up to launch a slate of new MacBooks

It seems Apple has something more in its 2016 kitty for its fans.

The iPhone maker is slated to hold one more product event on Thursday at its Cupertino campus. And its invitation has sparked speculations of one more launch.

There was a cheeky clue in the invitation that was sent to reporters and analysts: “Hello, Again”, according to a report in NBC News.

‘Hello’ was the first word the Macintosh computer spoke when Steve Jobs introduced it to the world in 1984.

While Apple is keeping mum about what it has in store, it’s believed the company is gearing up to launch a slate of new MacBooks.

We haven’t seen a new MacBook Pro since 2012, which makes the possibility of seeing a new one on Thursday that much more exciting — and likely.

If leaked images are correct, they’ll be banishing a traditional feature – the row of keyboard function keys on the Mac keyboard and instead introduce a ‘magic toolbar’.

Mac Rumors first reported hidden images were found in a macOS Sierra update, showing a new long, thin OLED — that’s “organic light-emitting diode” — touch panel where the function keys would normally be. “An OLED touch panel is located on top of the keyboard, where the function keys would normally be placed, and it very clearly supports Touch ID, as it is seen used with Apple Pay,” it said. Apple is rumored to have named the new feature the ‘magic toolbar’.

In the leaked images, the touch panel appears to be contextual, changing based on what’s on the screen. It appears Touch ID is built into a nearly-invisible power button located next to the display, MacRumors said.

Tech blogs suggest the ‘magic toolbar’ would contextually adapt to offer functions for whatever app a person is using. So, if you have Spotify open, it may be an easy way to pause your music or pump up the volume while you work.

Expect 13-inch and 15-inch models, along with Touch ID capability, allowing users to easily shop and conduct their business online.

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