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Apple has sent out invitations to announce "one more thing" at its third special event of the year, to be held on November 10 at 10 a.m. PST. It is almost certain that the first Mac products with Apple's proprietary design chip Apple Silicon will be introduced at the event.

At the One more thing event, Apple is rumored to announce a 13-inch MacBook Pro and MacBook Air powered by Apple Silicon.

According to a Bloomberg report, Apple and overseas suppliers are ramping up the production of three AppleSilicon-powered Mac laptops. The line-up includes 13- and 16-inch MacBook Pro and 13-inch MacBook Air. Foxconn is reportedly assembling the two smaller laptops (13-inch MacBook Pro and Air) while Quanta Computer is said to be producing the larger MacBook Pro (16-inch).

The smaller models are further ahead in production, and at least the 13-inch MacBook Pro and MacBook Air will be unveiled at the Nov. 10 event, with no significant design changes from the previous models, except that the processor will be replaced from Intel's, Bloomberg reports.

At about the same time, L0vetodream, a well-known leaker (and a leading source of information about a high-profile unannounced product), also sent out a mysterious tweet saying "13 inch X2" out of context. Just around the time that the special event invitations were sent out, it could be interpreted as "two 13 inch Apple Silicon Macs about to be announced".

Back in July of this year, Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst familiar with Apple's insider information, also said that the Apple Silicon version of the 13.3-inch MacBook Pro would be available in the fourth quarter of 2020, and the MacBook Air would be released at the end of the year or early next year. And in 2021, Apple will launch a redesigned MacBook Pro line with 14-inch and 16-inch screen sizes, he predicted. It's more likely that the two smaller MacBook series with no design changes will be ahead for the foreseeable future.

Apple Silicon Macs are expected to be priced lower due to the cost savings associated with switching from Intel to Apple's proprietary chips, and will also have a noticeable increase in battery life due to significant power efficiency improvements. While there is some uncertainty about compatibility with traditional macOS apps for Intel chips, it will also make it easier to port the same Arm-based iOS/iPadOS apps to Apple Silicon Macs, making them more useful in mobile applications.

Originally, Apple's proprietary chip originated in the A4 for the iPhone 4, which was sent out during the Jobs era, and the use of "one more thing" as Jobs's phrase for the new event may suggest that the late man's unfinished task will finally be realized.

Source: Bloomberg


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