Liveblog: The Mac is back at Apple’s ‘Hello Again’ keynote

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Are you ready for new Macs?
Are you ready for new Macs?
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Are you ready to finally get some new Macs? It seems like forever since Apple busted out big updates for the iMac and MacBook, but today the wait for something new is over.

Apple’s “Hello Again” event is expected to feature tons of new Mac hardware. The keynote kicks off at 10 a.m. Pacific today, and will livestream from the company’s HQ in Cupertino, California. We’ve already seen tons of pictures of the new MacBook Pro and heard of a new app for Apple TV that’s coming, too. But today’s event could feature some game-changing hardware no one was expecting.

Cult of Mac is here to to liveblog all the action once the festivities start, with all the brilliant analysis, dull wit and pithy snark we can come up with. Join us for the wild ride.

Microsoft’s giant touchscreen PC takes on iMac

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Microsoft Surface Studio
Microsoft's Surface Studio is a tablet and a PC.
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On the eve before Apple is expected to unveil the future of the Mac, Microsoft fired its biggest shot at taking down the Mac with its first ever all-in-one PC.

It’s beautiful. It’s powerful. And it could give the iMac some serious competition.

8 takeaways from Apple’s Q4 2016 earnings call

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Tim Cook
iPhone sales were down in Q4 2016.
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Apple can’t make enough iPhone 7 devices to satisfy demand from customers (and from Wall Street to make more money).

During Apple’s Q4 2016 earnings call today, Apple CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri hinted that big things are in the pipeline that should put the company back on track to growth — and it all starts Thursday with the MacBook Pro.

Here’s what we learned from the Q4 earnings call:

Liveblog: Apple reveals its (relatively) meager Q4 2016 earnings

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Q3 is usually Apple's weakest quarter.
Revenues are expected to be down year-over-year.
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Apple is set to report its Q4 2016 earnings today, only instead of it being a time for celebration, the company is expected to announce its first annual revenue decline in 15 years.

Apple CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri warned Wall Street that this quarter wouldn’t smash any records, but with the iPhone 7 doing better than expected, could relief be on the way?

Investors and analysts will grill Apple about how well the company expects to perform next quarter during today’s earnings call. And Cult of Mac will be right here, liveblogging the whole shebang when it starts at 2 p.m. Pacific.

Come join the fun — it’s livestreaming on Apple’s investor site.

Apple leaks images of new MacBook Pro with ‘Magic Toolbar’

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MacBook Pro
The Magic Toolbar looks like one long key.
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Need more proof that Apple is going to launch a new MacBook Pro on Thursday?

Apple accidentally leaked images of the OLED touchbar on the upcoming MacBook Pro in its latest update for macOS Sierra. Not only do the images confirm what we’ve known for months, but they also give us a glimpse at how the Magic Toolbar will work.

Check it out:

macOS Sierra 10.12.1 is now available to the public

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A new update for macOS is here.
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The public release of macOS Sierra 10.12.1 has finally arrived for Macs everywhere, bringing a bunch of bug fixes and tweaks.

Apple Watch owners will definitely want to grab the new update ASAP because it makes unlocking your Mac with your watch a lot more reliable. There are also some new additions for iPhone 7 Plus owners.

What to expect at Apple’s ‘Hello again’ Mac event

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MacBook Pro
Are you excited for the Magic of the OLED Toolbar?
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It’s been more than 500 days since the last MacBook Pro release, but Apple’s
“Hello again” Mac event will change that this week.

So what should you be expecting to see? Here’s a rundown of everything we predict Apple will reveal at the eagerly anticipated event, which takes place Thursday at Apple’s 1 Infinite Loop campus.

Get ready for Apple’s Mac event with these wallpapers

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Apple's keynote invite makes an awesome wallpaper.
Apple's keynote invite makes an awesome wallpaper.
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New Macs are officially on the way.

Apple finally announced that it will be hosting a keynote on October 27th where the company is expected to unveil a new MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and other new hardware.

We’re still trying to decode Apple’s invites for clues on what’s to come, but you can get your iPhone, iPad and Mac ready for the big day with this collection of wallpapers based on Apple’s invite.