How to see the MacBook clue in Apple’s November event invite

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An AR easter egg hints that the Apple November event will include a new MacBook.
Apple seems to be broadly hinting that a MacBook will be unveiled next week.
Photo: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac

Apple put an augmented reality Easter egg into the invitation to its November product event. The AR object seems to hint that there’ll be at least one new MacBook on the docket.

The basic graphic in the event invite, which went out Monday, is the Apple logo surrounded by streaks of light. iPhone users can transfer that design to the real 3D world, and put it in motion. That motion looks a lot like a MacBook opening and closing.

How to see the AR Easter egg in November Apple event invite

To see the Easter egg, go to the official Apple Events page on an iPhone. Next, tap on the big, black Apple graphic you see on that web page. (It’s just above “Apple Event.”) That will launch the ARKit augmented-reality viewer built into iOS.

The Apple graphic will appear virtually in the space behind your handset through the power of AR. It’ll soon begin to swivel up and back. And purple, yellow and blue auroras will glow around it.

It’s a 3D object. Walk around it to see the moving AR object from any side.

Hints of an Apple Silicon MacBook

Apple promised in June that it will release the first Mac with an Apple processor before the end of 2020. With December fast approaching, the company is running out of time. That’s why the “One More Thing” November Apple event is widely expected to bring the debut of the first Mac with Apple Silicon.

Many, many people noticed that the AR Apple logo hidden in the invite moves like the lid of a MacBook. It could be a hint that a macOS notebook with an Apple A14T processor will be announced at the event. Plus, frequent Apple tipster L0vetodream predicts via Twitter it’ll actually be a pair of 13-inch models.

In addition, the Eurasian Economic Commission recently leaked that Apple is prepping multiple iMacs. One of more of these also could use an Apple chip.

All current Macs run processors from Intel. But the chipmaker struggles to keep up with demand from other companies, and its mobile processors put heavy power drains on laptops. Apple’s A-series chips run as fast as midrange Intel ones while using much less electricity.

We’ll know for certain on November 10, when the Apple November event kicks off.