Apple’s third fall 2020 event, “One more thing”, will be held on Tuesday, November 10. Apple held events in September and October to introduce the new iPad, The Apple Watch, iPhone and HomePod mini and this November event are expected to be all about Macs.
The first Mac with a chip based on Apple’s Silicon Arm will be showcased at the Apple event, and although this time we only include the Mac, there are likely to be one or two more surprises. We̵7;ve put together everything we know about the November event below so you know what happens on Tuesday.
Apple Silicon Macs
Rumors of Apple’s transition to an Arm-based Mac have been circulating for many years now, and in June at the Global Developers Conference, Apple officially announced the news. Future Macs will adopt the Apple Silicon chip, while Apple removes Intel chips in current Macs.
Apple is designing its own Apple Silicon chip, similar to the A-series chip used in iPhones and iPads. The first Apple Silicon chips will be built on the 5-nanometer A14 chip that was introduced on iPhones, with TSMC for chip manufacturing.
According to Apple, the Apple Silicon chip will bring a new level of performance to a more powerful and more energy-efficient Mac for improved battery life. Apple’s goal is to deliver the highest possible performance with the lowest power consumption.
Apple’s custom chips will provide best-in-class security with Secure Enclave, and Apple is also designing its own GPU for better performance with professional apps and games. Apple plans to include Nerve Engine and Machine Learning Accelerator to make the Mac the ideal platform for machine learning, with Apple also including a high-quality image signal processor, signal DRAM productivity, memory consolidation and encryption acceleration.
Apple Silicon Macs will enable deeper integration between hardware and software, and cross-platform apps will work on the upcoming Mac, iPhone, and iPad with the transition to new chip technology. Apple Silicon Macs will be able to run iPhone and iPad apps natively.
Within the next two years, Apple plans to move its entire line of Macs to Apple Silicon chips. Rumors suggest that the first Mac to get the new tech update will be the 13-inch MacBook Air and the 13-inch MacBook Pro.
Reliable sources include Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and Bloomberg have targeted these two as the first convertible, and we expect to see the refreshed 13-inch MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models at the November event.
Bloomberg Also said that Apple has a 16-inch MacBook in the possible works, but the production is not as much as on that machine and it’s not guaranteed. No new Apple Silicon Mac coming out this year is expected to have a redesign, with Apple continuing to use existing designs.
By 2021, we expect the 14.1-inch and 16.1-inch MacBook Pro models to be redesigned with a new look and mini LED display technology, but the first Apple Silicon Macs will be the updates. Update focuses on more modest processors. Apple is also working on a new, smaller Mac Pro, a Mac mini, and a 24-inch iMac, all of which will adopt Apple Silicon in the future.
Apple hasn’t changed its chip technology since switching from PowerPC to Intel in 2006, so the move to Apple Silicon is important news that will shape the future of the Mac for years to come. We might only get a few Macs with Apple Silicon at the event, but it should give us an idea of what we can expect from Mac in terms of future performance and battery life.
We’ve been waiting for the long rumored Tile competitor, Apple’s AirTags for months now, initially expected the Bluetooth tracker to launch at the September or October event. a Mac-focused event is possible but unlikely, and most likely we won’t see AirTags until next year.
For those unfamiliar with AirTags, they are small Bluetooth-equipped trackers and are designed to attach to important but easily lost items such as wallets, cameras, and keys. AirTags (and the items they are attached to) can be tracked right inside the Find My app alongside your iPhone, iPad, and Mac, so you can keep track of all your important belongings in one place.
Details on AirTags have been leaked since the release of iOS 13, but we’re still not sure what AirTags will look like. Based on some simple images found in iOS, they could be small, circular cards with Bluetooth support and built-in ultra-wide bandwidth. Ultra-wideband, a feature first introduced in the iPhone 11 lineup, is key because iPhones with U1 chips will be able to track AirTags with much greater accuracy than just Bluetooth.
For example, if your keys fall on the couch cushion or your wallet gets kicked under the bed, the iPhone will be able to locate the exact room where they are located. This type of function will make AirTags more accurate and useful than other Bluetooth trackers on the market.
The AirTags can attach to items with rings or binders, and the bottle cap size trackers are rumored to come with a holster padlock, which may be one of the methods of attachment.
There have been mixed rumors about charging methods. One rumor has indicated a built-in rechargeable battery that works with an Apple Watch-style charging socket, while another suggests that the AirTags will run on a replaceable CR2032 battery. Either way, it looks like they’ll last for a longer time than with non-replaceable batteries.
Anything you lose shows up on the Find My map with a linked address, and when iPhone is near a lost object you can see augmented reality maps with specific location making it easy to lost objects are easier to find. AirTags will also be able to play a sound when activated in the Find My app.
With iOS 13, Apple introduced a feature designed to allow Apple products to communicate with each other when offline, allowing iPhone to lose ping from someone else’s iPhone with which it could be exposed even if No cellular or WiFi connection. This functionality will likely also appear on AirTags, allowing millions of iPhones and Apple devices around the world to track lost items.
For more on what to expect from AirTags, check out our AirTags guide.
Apple is adding to its AirPods lineup of high-end over-ear headphones possibly called “AirPods Studio”, which will combine with AirPods and AirPods Pro, and very likely AirPods Studio can be mentioned in November event after September and October missed events.
Chances are AirPods Studio is another product that Apple is holding until next year, so while we can expect to see new headphones, that’s not guaranteed.
AirPods Studio will have outstanding sound quality and Active Noise Canceling to minimize background noise. Other features include equalizer tuning options available through an iOS device or Mac and head and neck detection, which will probably work the same as AirPods internal ear detection but will be able to know the headset. Head or neck dragged, pause content.
The orientation feature could allow AirPods Studio to detect left and right ear for routing audio channels and there will be no right or wrong side when wearing headphones.
Based on BloombergApple is working on two designs for AirPods Studio. One is the higher-end model that’s made from a high-quality material like leather, while the other is more fitness-focused and made from a lighter, breathable material.
Leaked images attributed to AirPods Studio show the earphones with elongated ear cups and gray cloth padding at the top of the headband, with the headphones in a nostalgic style.
Both versions of the AirPods Studio are expected to include magnetic ear cups and headband that can be swapped out for a custom look, similar to Apple Watch straps. There’s no word for sure about the price of AirPods Studio, but rumors suggest that Apple could sell them for around $ 349.
For more information on AirPods Studio, check out our introduction to AirPods Studio.
Scope of events
Apple will stream its November 10 event on its Apple Events website, YouTube, and in the ppleApple TV app on ppleApple TV and other platforms.
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