5 reasons we expect an Apple October press event

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The iPad mini was unveiled at an October event. Just like 2012, we're expecting another Apple press event this fall.
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At its huge press event last month, Apple took the wraps off the iPhone XS, XR and Apple Watch Series 4. But we don’t think that’s everything the company is going to unveil this season.

Here are five good reasons why we think Apple will hold another press event in October to show us new tablets, laptops and desktops.

Big Apple leak contains no sign of new Macs or iPad Pros [Updated]

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Not today!
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If you were hoping to see new Mac and iPad Pro models during today’s Apple keynote, it looks like you could be sorely disappointed.

A huge Apple website leak that has confirmed the names of its next-generation iPhones contains no mention of new computers or tablets. It looks like we’ll have to wait a little longer for a Mac mini Pro, a cheaper MacBook, and iPads with Face ID.

Update: Today’s Apple event has come and gone with no mention of the 2018 iPad Pro.

Redesigned MacBook Air is coming, just not tomorrow

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Don't give up hope for an improved 2018 MacBook Air. But don't expect it too soon, either.
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Apple is about to refresh much of its product line, with new iPhones, iPad Pros, and Watches anticipated. However, an updated MacBook Air announcement tomorrow isn’t likely.

The company is expected to introduce an improved version of this budget laptop, but not until later in the year.

6.1-inch LCD iPhone might be in short supply this fall

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Complications could keep us waiting for Apple’s more affordable iPhone.
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If you’ve been itching to get yours hands on iPhone X but don’t want to spend $1,000 on a phone, Apple’s rumored 6.1-inch LCD handset could be exactly what you’ve been waiting for.

But good luck getting one this fall. A new report, citing sources familiar with Apple’s plans, claims the device will suffer supply shortages at launch as a result of “minor complications” with its new display.

What’s more, some of the other products you we were hoping to see this week may not be announced until later.

What to expect from Apple’s ‘Gather Round’ event next week

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You should be very, very excited.
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The annual Apple event we’ve all been waiting for is right around the corner.

On September 12, the company will host a special keynote from the Steve Jobs Theater in Apple Park, where it will reveal all the hardware it has planned for this fall.

We’re expecting a slew of big announcements, including updates for the iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch. Here’s our roundup of everything Apple is likely to deliver at its “Gather Round” event.

Get a MacBook Air for as little as $399 [Deals]

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Can you handle a deal this hot? Save big on a refurb MacBook Air.
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MyPhones Unlimited, the company behind our successful iPhone buyback program, is offering Cult of Mac readers $50 off refurbished MacBook Airs. These laptops come in the original box with the original Apple charger. Each refurbished laptop undergoes a thorough 30-point inspection and comes with a 60-day warranty with hassle-free returns.

These lightweight Mac laptops start at just $399 with the discount. Best Buy is currently offering the very same refurbished MacBook Air for $689, so these prices are a steal. So, if you’ve been waiting for a hot deal, this is it. Use coupon code “CULT” and grab a refurbished 11-inch MacBook Air before they sell out.

Apple expands pilot repair program for vintage Macs

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Apple isn't giving up on the mid-2012 MacBook Air just yet.
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Apple is expanding its pilot repair program for vintage Macs.

Both the 11- and 13-inch MacBook Air machines released in mid-2012 will remain eligible for service at Apple Stores worldwide until August 31, 2020. That’s despite them being added to Apple’s vintage and obsolete products list on August 31, 2018.

20 most important Macs of all time

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The iMac G3 went on sale two decades ago today.
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Today marks 20 years since the launch of the Bondi Blue iMac, the product that helped set Apple back on the right course. The iMac definitely revolutionized the personal computer industry, but which other Macs rank as Apple’s most game-changing machines?

We went right back to the earliest Macintosh models to bring you our picks for the top 20 most important Macs of all time.

New MacBook Air reportedly slated for Q3 launch

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The MacBook Air hasn't been updated in over a year!
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New MacBook Airs could launch as soon as the end of Q3 2018, according to a new report out of Taiwan that signals the wait for an affordable new MacBook is nearly over.

Apple hasn’t updated the MacBook or MacBook Air since June of 2017, but with a new update on the horizon, it could bring a big boost to Apple’s market share.