Apple has registered trademarks for three new MacBooks days ahead of its “Hello again” press event. Two of them are likely to be the new MacBook Pro in 13- and 15-inch sizes, while the other is expected to be a new 13-inch Retina MacBook.
We already know that new MacBooks will be the highlight of Apple’s October 27 event, and these trademarks, filed in Russia, all but confirm that to be the case.
The new machines are identified with A1706, A1707, and A1708 model numbers, and they’re described as “portable personal computers.” That rules out the possibility that they might be new iMacs, which aren’t expected to arrive until the first half of 2017.Reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says Apple is planning a refreshed MacBook Pro in traditional 13- and 15-inch sizes. The machines are expected to offer an improved design, and an OLED touchbar that could be dubbed the Magic Toolbar.
Recent rumors have also promised Intel’s latest Skylake processors, up to 2TB of solid-state storage, and USB-C connectivity that will replace traditional USB ports (and likely the beloved MagSafe connector, too).
Kuo also expects Apple to add a 13-inch option to the next-generation Retina MacBook lineup. He doesn’t believe the MacBook Air family will be killed off just yet, but says Apple will only introduce a new 13-inch model, leaving the 11-inch option to die out.