Apple is set to take the stage today for its third virtual event this fall. The first event in September was dedicated to announcing new Apple Watch and iPad models, while the second event in October was aimed at unveiling the new iPhone 12 series. The virtual event today that bears the “One more thing” slogan in the invite is expected to be where the firm unveils its Apple Silicon-powered Mac devices.
Earlier this year at its WWDC conference, the Cupertino giant announced that it will be transitioning its PCs to ARM-based silicon, moving away from the reliance on Intel for its processors. The company aims to complete the transition in two years, with MacBooks being the first to make the switch. The company even acknowledged that it still has some Intel-based Macs in the pipeline for launch. Reports suggest that today’s event will see the launch of a 13-inch MacBook Air and a 13-inch MacBook Pro. There is also a 16-inch version of the MacBook Pro based on Apple Silicon in active development, but it is not clear if that device will be shown off today. There have also been murmurs of the return of the 12-inch MacBook sporting an ARM processor.
In addition to the devices themselves, it will be interesting to see what other announcements the firm will make. The company confirmed back in July that the Apple Silicon-based MacBook PCs will support Thunderbolt – a standard owned by Intel. It would not be surprising to see more information on advancements being made to Rosetta 2 as well, to help developers through the transition. The iPhone company might also finally provide a timeline for the impending release of macOS 11 Big Sur.
Apple will be live streaming its event on its website and on YouTube today at 10AM PT/1PM ET/6PM GMT. You can view the embedded stream at the top or head to the Apple website here to watch the event.