Reliable Apple analyst KGI has published a report on Saturday outlining their predictions for Apple’s Mac roadmap ahead of the media event on October 27th. The report says that Apple will launch three new MacBooks at the event, a new 13 inch MacBook, a new 13 inch MacBook Pro and a new 15 inch MacBook Pro.
It goes on to say that new iMacs and the Apple external display will not be shipping this year; those should be expected in the first half of 2017.
This would be unfortunate for those waiting for a new iMac.
Aside: is iMac as a brand name sticking out like a sore thumb? There are no other — and haven’t been for some time — desktop products with i in the name.
It seems all but confirmed that the new MacBook Pro will feature a Magic Toolbar: a dynamic touch-screen replacement for the static function row of a keyboard. The mock-ups certainly look impressive.
If it works as rumoured — with the function row changing depending on the application in use — I’m wondering how a user will switch between the application function row and the standard function row to, for example, adjust the screen brightness or volume. Will it add a delay to a process that currently doesn’t have one?
It is different, but is it better? We’ll find out in short order.