Apple provides a clue about the launch of next-generation MacBook Pros
If the rumours are true, Apple had planned to announce next-generation MacBook Pro models months ago, with production issues preventing the company from doing so. Mark Gurman still believes that Apple will announce 14-inch and 16-inch models soon though, with both shipping a few weeks after launching.
To that end, Apple may have provided a hint about the date of its next hardware event. For some reason, the company has extended its annual back-to-school campaign, which now finishes in Europe on Monday, October 11. Referred to as the 'High Education Offer 2021' by Apple, the event gives students a pair of AirPods when they purchase a Mac or iPad. Apple includes MacBook Pro machines as eligible products, for reference.
An arbitrary date on the face of it, Apple ran last year's promotion until October 12, a day before its last Mac hardware event. If Apple follows the same approach this year, then we should expect it to host a MacBook Pro launch event on Tuesday, October 12. On the other hand, the end of last year's campaign and the Mac event falling on subsequent dates could be coincidental. Incidentally, previous Mac hardware events have occurred well after the end of back-to-school campaigns. Apple has scheduled three of the last five events in October, though.
The next-generation MacBook Pros are expected to return to the I/O of pre-Touch Bar models, while relying on an Apple M1X SoC. Both models are thought to utilise mini LED displays too, a technology that Apple debuted with the iPad Pro 12.9 earlier this year.