Apple sends out invites for October 27 Mac event

Apple is expected to announce new MacBooks at the Apple campus in Cupertino.
Written by Jason Cipriani, Contributing Writer

Apple "Hello Again" special event invite.

(Screenshot: Jason Cipriani/CNET)

The wait for new MacBooks is almost over. Apple on Wednesday sent press invites for a special event on Oct. 27 at its campus in Cupertino, Calif.

A cryptic "hello again" is the only text found on the invite, part of which is a likely nod to the Macintosh's "Hello" commercial. The inside of the Apple logo on the invite is full of various colors in powder form. Take that to mean what you will.

Apple is widely expected to unveil new MacBook Pros, with USB-C ports and a touch-sensitive LED bar above the keyboard that alters its appearance based on the program a user is using.

For example, when using iTunes, the bar would show media and volume controls, where as in a photo-editing program, it could potentially show tool shortcuts or commands.

Rumors have also included the addition of Touch ID fingerprint sensor to the MacBook Pro, aiding in security and Apple Pay in Safari.

Also expected at the event are refreshed MacBook Air laptops. The changes for the Air line aren't expected to be as dramatic as the Pro but potentially include USB-C ports, a Touch ID sensor, and a Force-Touch trackpad.

ZDNet's Adrian Kingsley-Hughes has an in-depth rumor breakdown, detailing what to expect and not expect at next week's event.

The event is scheduled to start at 10 am PT/1 pm ET and will be live-streamed by Apple.

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