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Apple 'Unleashed' Special Event announced for next week

The latest Apple Event will take place next week, and may feature a new MacBook Pro.


It wasn’t long ago that Tim Cook and other big names at Apple took the stage in order to announce a slew of new products, including the new iPad Mini, Apple Watch Series 7, and the iPhone 13. However, the tech company isn’t done making announcements just yet. Apple has announced its next Special Event, nicknamed “Unleashed,” which will take place next week.

The new Apple Event was announced earlier today, when Apple began sending out invitations via email. The “Unleashed” Apple Special Event will go down on Monday, October 18, at 10 a.m. PT. As with past Apple Events, it will be viewable on the Apple website, as well as the company’s YouTube channel.

Apple has yet to reveal what exactly we can expect in the upcoming event, and that likely won’t change before the broadcast. However, there is a fair bit of speculating to be done. The graphic for the “Unleashed” Special Event sees the Apple logo with a visual effect similar to the warp speed effect seen in movies like Star Wars. It’s possible that processing and computing speed could be a central focus of the event.

That speculation would fit in with the rumors going around that this is where Apple will unveil the next MacBook Pro. There has already been word going around that there are new MacBook Pros on the way, and it’s also one of the few Apple products that was entirely absent for the last showcase.

We’re less than one week away from Apple’s “Unleashed” Special Event. Whatever Tim Cook and company have up their sleeves, it won’t be long until we find out. The company’s decision to have another event shortly after their last seems to indicate that they’re going to follow a similar pattern as they did in 2020. As always, we’ll have live coverage of the showcase right here on Shacknews on our Apple topic page.

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    October 12, 2021 10:20 AM

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      October 12, 2021 9:20 AM

      Apple event next Monday

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        October 12, 2021 9:59 AM

        new ipad, maybe macbook with m2?

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        October 12, 2021 10:18 AM

        New AirPods maybe? Mine are dead and I need new ones.

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        October 12, 2021 10:43 AM

        It’s going to be the new M1 (or M1X) MacBook Pros that finally return MagSafe and hdmi and remove the Touch Bar

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          October 12, 2021 10:51 AM

          yeah, looking forward to those!

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          October 12, 2021 11:00 AM

          Adding back crap that they removed before, revolutionary

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            October 12, 2021 11:06 AM

            At least they can acknowledge their fuck ups.

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            October 12, 2021 11:06 AM

            Hey, they tried something new. It didn’t work. They’re bringing it back.

            I can find old posts on here about how I thought it was a huge mistake to remove optical drives from the MBPs. They did it anyway and the world moved on.

            The world pissed and fucking moaned about removing the headphone jack from the iPhone and the “courage” line was instant cringe. But they did it anyway and the world moved on.

            The world pissed and moaned about the Touch Bar and lack of hdmi and lack of MagSafe and then kept pissing and moaning and some even moved back to Windows. Apple’s backtracking because the experiment failed.

            Of course the rumors could also be wrong and we’ll see identical laptops come out next week with Touch Bar and only usb-c ports and just the M1 guts. Who knows.

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              October 12, 2021 11:30 AM

              Now to see if they'll give us more options than Thunderbolt, as that has clearly not taken off the way they thought it would.

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            October 12, 2021 11:08 AM

            They make pretty great computers, specially these ones with their own chips.

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            October 12, 2021 11:18 AM

            This might be the first macbook pro that isnt dogshit in the last 7 years.

            New high quality mled display that gains an inch
            more than 16gb ram
            keyboard without the dumb touchbar and proper switches
            a sensible number of ports including hdmi output and sd card reader
            magsafe is actually neat
            new gpu/cpu architecture that the software now caught up to.
            Ethernet port in magsafe/power brick

            If it has all of that I'm probably getting one as a private notebook after moving to the dell xps line for years and years (still keeping one for work).

            I just hope they aren't going to price the shit out of it for a non crippled version.

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            October 12, 2021 1:47 PM

            i hope to god they don't put HDMI and sd card ports back on the mb. i've been happy with strictly USB-C on 2018 mbp.

            usb-c is slim, fast, and efficient, connects with everything i've needed.

            need hdmi? use a dongle. everyone and their brother has made one that works. i've got a dongle that supports 4k60, 1GbE, 100w pd, sd, microsd, an additional usb c port and 2 usb ports. cost around $60 or so from anker.

            why does anyone want them to fatten the machine again with hdmi ports....

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              October 12, 2021 3:03 PM

              I heard the official one is the best and it’s like $80. They really should just keep an hdmi port on the thing.

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          October 12, 2021 11:06 AM

          i hope so, my 2015 mbp is reallllly struggling.

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            October 12, 2021 11:31 AM

            I find that hard to believe, my 2013 was still smoking fast even last year when I sold it.

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          October 12, 2021 11:10 AM

          I wouldn't mind them keeping a smaller touch bar nestled between the essential hard keys. Otherwise, bring on the ports!

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          October 12, 2021 11:18 AM

          Touch bar was bad execution but going back to function keys. Mehhhhhhh. I mean obviously they're required because Apple builds a lot of core functionality into it, but for anything beyond that? Very meh.

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          October 12, 2021 11:19 AM

          Also HDMI and non USB-C Magsafe is pretty wild to me and also mostly meh :(. Dongle life is fine (they should just pack in a basic one into their boxes rather than going back to more, less extendable ports)

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            October 12, 2021 1:48 PM

            agreed. 0% reason for hdmi ports back on the machine.

            i dont think they'll revert to a non usb c magsafe.

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          October 12, 2021 1:53 PM

          Seems like a big step backward to bother with HDMI, but I'm not a designer so maybe there's a valid reason.

          I just hope they add support for 64gb ram.

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            October 12, 2021 2:07 PM

            One thing I see mentioned some places, and I kinda see the logic, is that you want to be able to take your laptop somewhere, open it up, use it, then close it up and leave. Every time you have to do something else, like hunt for a dongle or plug in an external whatever, detracts from the experience (to some extent doing things like breaking out a wireless mouse also detracts but that's a personal choice I guess). And this is a space with competition, your competition in the form of Windows laptops is at least trying to give everyone what they want.

            For years and years every Windows laptop on earth had a VGA output. Why? Because projectors had VGA inputs. They'd have whatever the latest tech is... and a VGA port. Today's VGA port is the HDMI port. Many many times people find themselves needing to hook their laptop up to an HDMI thing like a projector or a TV to the point where maybe it makes sense that that port sticks around a while, like VGA did. At least it's smaller.

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              October 12, 2021 2:12 PM

              Yea, I can see that, but damn it's so slick just having a bunch of USB-C ports on the side of this thing, hah.

              I'm not going to complain, all I really care about is getting a buttload of ram. I want to be able to leave a parallels instance running on a separate desktop window and not even realize it's there.

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              October 12, 2021 2:16 PM

              I remember there being constant confusion when I was in college with people who brought in powerbooks to do presentations/lectures. IIRC they have DVI ports and none of the projectors did so they always needed a dongle and nobody ever had one on hand.

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        October 12, 2021 10:59 AM

        Prepare for magic

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        October 12, 2021 11:04 AM

        Rumor is they're going to be replacing every row of keys with a touch bar

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        October 12, 2021 11:19 AM

        New stylus for apple watch!

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        October 12, 2021 12:31 PM

        I was going to say, this is big time on my wish list. Insta-buy if true (though I likely will anyway, I stupidly bought the last 2020 13" Intel MBP because I didn't realize how amazing the M1's would be right off the bat)

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      October 12, 2021 1:51 PM

      would it be rich shit to trade in the old m1 for a m1x

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