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254: Hello, indeed!

Chris C.

Photo:  Apple

Photo:  Apple

This week's CultCast...

Apple is about to make massive updates across the entire Mac line?  Don’t miss our Oct. 27 Mac event predictions!  Plus: everything we know about Nintendo Switch, and why we already love it.

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Event predications

Macbook Pro

It’s been 528 days since its last update (average is 268), and 4 years since its last major overhaul.

We expect an:

  • OLED display bar.

  • Touch ID power button and 4 USB-C ports (with Thunderbolt 3 compatibility)

  • The MagSafe port reportedly will be scrapped.

  • Upgrade to 4K 4096 x 2160 resolution from current 2880x1800 res.

Macbook Air, Apple’s cheapest computer

  • It’s been 591 days since its last update (average is 350).

  • Overall design of the MacBook Air will likely remain the same.

  • The machines are expected to be updated with USB-C support, according to a new Bloomberg report.

  • Updated internals for sure.

  • Retina display is possible but may not happen since this is now Apple’s budget machine.

  • According to Macotakara, no more 11 inch.

Macbook

  • Nuthin - The MacBook was updated with Intel Skylake processors and a new Rose Gold color option in April of 2016.

iMac

  • 374 days since its last update, with an average of 317.

  • We haven’t heard a peep about updates.

  • Likely just updated internals, but possibility of larger screen with curved display.

Mac Pro

  • 1037 days since since the Mac Pro released.  No updates since.

  • Average update is 449 days.

  • Major internal updates expected with possibly design overhaul.

Mac Mini

  • No rumors.

  • 735 days since last update, average is 438.

  • We’re expecting internal updates, but that’s probably it.

New Cinema Display

  • In June of 2016 the Cinema display was officially discontinued.

  • There have been rumors of a new ‘Thunderbolt Display’ that will feature a 5K display and an external GPU in the display itself so under-powered Macs can still run it.

A Magic Trackpad 2 with multi-touch and Force Touch was announced on October 13, 2015 along with the Magic Mouse 2 and Magic Keyboard, so probably no updates.  

It’s possible we get an updated Magic Keyboard with OLED display bar.

First Look at the Nintendo Switch

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