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Apple eyes Halloween for “spooky fast” Macs

Could a new iMac and MacBook Pro be on the cards, alongside a new piece of Apple Silicon? And what else might Apple have in store for the end of 2023?

If you ever needed a reason not to buy a Mac for the next week, an upcoming launch from Apple could well be it, as the maker of the Mac earmarks next week for some of that.

It’s the end of the year, and while we already saw the launch of the iPhone 15 range and the Pro equivalents, there are still some things we haven’t seen that could do with an update.

The iMac is the obvious contender, which hasn’t seen an update to the 24 inch M1 iMac since 2021, while the Intel-based 27 iMac could well be dead in the water as a screen size, with its last update over three years ago in 2020.

In either case, both of those are ripe for updates, particularly given neither uses a current high-speed chip.

For Apple, the current high-speed chip of the time is the Apple M2, found in the M2 MacBook Air and the M2 MacBook Pro in the 13 inch, 14 inch, and 16 inch versions (albeit with different variations). It’s even found in the M2 iPad Pro, but that could change, as well.

With the launch scheduled for next week in October labelled “spooky fast”, it seems as though the hint could be new chips, new computers using those chips, and also Apple doing a launch in time for Halloween.

It’s also entirely possible that Apple could launch more things, with the 2022 iPad Air over a year out from an update but still totally fine — we’re using it as a daily driver for writing on the train! — and maybe even a new iPad Pro, but we’re also hopeful for a new generation of AirPods Max.

Apple’s audiophile-grade headphones are now hitting their three year mark, and while they’re still good, the noise cancellation capabilities are better in the less expensive and much smaller AirPods Pro 2nd-gen launched last year, giving a good reason to consider those over the larger headphones. Three years is a long time in headphones, and so if Apple doesn’t launch new models here, it will probably launch them some time early next year.

In any case, with new Apple gear on the horizon and only a week away, here’s our regular public service announcement:

If you’re planning to buy any Macs or iPads, maybe hold off for a week and wait until October 31 in Australia.

With this launch expected just before lunch time on October 31 Sydney time (5PM Oct 30 in California), it won’t be long before we know what’s up.

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