Mike Becky

What to Expect at Apple’s October 27 Event ➝

Mark Gurman sheds some light on what he expects to see at next week’s Apple event. Updates to the iMac and MacBook Air are possible, but the headliner will certainly be the long-rumored MacBook Pro with the touchscreen function row.

I saw some skepticism in my Twitter timeline after Gurman’s piece was published — specifically regarding the MacBook Air. Here’s my take: the MacBook Air is Apple’s low-priced, high-volume offering. It’s perfect for education and enterprise customers, as well as consumers looking for an inexpensive macOS-powered machine. It’s not going anywhere anytime soon.

Much like the non-Retina MacBook Pro, the Air will stick around for as long as there are customers demanding a notebook with legacy ports. But I don’t think we’ll see any major improvements in the new Air, only relatively minor upgrades like the addition of USB-C