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Apple Announces a Mac Event On October 27, Says 'Hello Again' 87

Apple announced on Wednesday that it will be holding an event on October 27. The tagline of the invite is, "hello again." This suggests that the rumors are true and that the company will indeed announce a fleet of new Mac products. The original Mac was introduced with the word "hello" in 1984. People have waited for years now for Apple to refresh its Macbooks -- some of the products in Mac line haven't received an update in 1000 days. Many expert even said earlier that Apple should stop selling the old MacBooks. The new MacBooks are expected to ship with Intel Skylake processor and a contextual keyboard. Not long ago, the company was also exploring the idea of a MacBook without a 3.5mm audio jack.
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Apple Announces a Mac Event On October 27, Says 'Hello Again'

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  • Prediction (Score:3, Insightful)

    by SuperKendall ( 25149 ) on Wednesday October 19, 2016 @04:24PM (#53109905)

    I have no idea what they will really release, but I'm pretty sure many Slashdot posters (who would never buy Apple hardware anyway) will hate whatever they change, and I'll have to explain to them all what Apple is thinking... sigh.

    Thus is the internet.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      I hate the tagline change from "hello" to "hello again". What Apple is thinking?

      • Maybe it's "Hello again 17 inch MacBook Pro"? One can dream, right?

        (Typing this on my 2010 17 inch MacBook Pro, I would probably have bought two new ones already if only they still made them but I guess they don't want my money)

    • by OzPeter ( 195038 )

      I'll have to explain to them all what Apple is thinking... sigh.

      OK I'll bite. WTF were they thinking when they gutted the Mac Mini?

    • I have no idea what they will really release, but I'm pretty sure many Slashdot posters (who would never buy Apple hardware anyway) will hate whatever they change

      If I never bought Apple hardware why would I care what they changed? The problem with these events is that while I once looked forward to them to see what new improvements and capabilities they would be adding I now look at them with some trepidation because the new features are generally things I do not care about or which make things actually worse. I'm in the market for a new laptop and desktop to replace my aging macs but I want high performance machines, including the GPU, which do not require me to t

    • Re:Prediction (Score:4, Informative)

      by LWATCDR ( 28044 ) on Wednesday October 19, 2016 @09:26PM (#53112049) Homepage Journal

      As a macbook pro user let me say that I will probably not like what Apple shows.
      1. I want an m.2 slot for SSDs. They are getting bigger and cheaper and I want the option to upgrade my SSD as they improve.
      2. I want memory slots just like my MacBook Pro has. I want the option of adding ram to my notebook like I did with with my MacBook Pro.
      3. I want more than one USB ports. A Pro should also have Thunderbolt ports.
      4. Keep the audio jack. You do not need to drop it.

  • My feelings/fear is that they'll just give up on the desktop versions and go strictly laptops.

    • They are pretty close already. They do not have any real desktop with room for hard drives and video cards. Even the overpriced Mac "Pro" has limited expandability and is unsuitable for most professionals.

    • Mac mini has been neglected for years, as has the mac pro. Their all-in-one approach is a non-starter for me, and the mini is non-expandable and badly underpowered. If they came out with an acceptable mini-tower not marked up by 3x that I could stick a few drives in and still upgrade the memory and video card in I would be game. Frankly I am done with Windows, and I am not a fan of Linux. Now would be a strategic time for them to take advantage of Windows 10 discontent, but I am sure they won't. I bare

      • Re:Nervous (Score:4, Insightful)

        by tlhIngan ( 30335 ) <slashdot@@@worf...net> on Wednesday October 19, 2016 @05:34PM (#53110383)

        Mac mini has been neglected for years, as has the mac pro. Their all-in-one approach is a non-starter for me, and the mini is non-expandable and badly underpowered. If they came out with an acceptable mini-tower not marked up by 3x that I could stick a few drives in and still upgrade the memory and video card in I would be game. Frankly I am done with Windows, and I am not a fan of Linux. Now would be a strategic time for them to take advantage of Windows 10 discontent, but I am sure they won't. I barely ever turn on my home PC anymore anyway. The dream is gone, as are the developers.

        They are neglected for a few reasons.

        First, the Mini and the Mac Pro are the worst selling machines in the lineup, even when they were brand new. If it wasn't for a hard core group of people who buy practically every model of them, Apple would've dropped both years ago.

        Second, both are subject to Intel - because they are the worst selling machines, Apple is not going to invest a lot of design time to accomodate various sockets. The current Mac Mini has a dual core i7 purely because that's the only processor Intel makes that is pin-compatible with the i5s. Apple will not redesign the Mini logic board just for a custom configuration - the ROI is very bad. So Apple is limited to whatever chips Intel has that span the range and share a single socket.

        • I hate laptops. I have a monitor, keyboard mouse everywhere I need to work so I tote my mac-mini around. It has always been under powered and unexpandible however the form factor and durability of this machine is nice and wins out for doing actual work. Doubles as a means to stream/play movies. When it wears out no worries, I can get peripherals anywhere. Hope they continue to support it...

        • by dgatwood ( 11270 )

          First, the Mini and the Mac Pro are the worst selling machines in the lineup, even when they were brand new.

          For the Mini, a big part of that is because they saddled it with a substandard two-core CPU in the last hardware revision, rather than the four-core that was available in the top-tier Mini prior to that. Previous generations made a popular server platform. These days, refurbished 2012 four-core Minis sell for at least as much as the current generation (and for a while, were considerably more expensi

  • by p0p0 ( 1841106 ) on Wednesday October 19, 2016 @04:33PM (#53109949)
    Hello,
    and,
    Goodbye.
  • by tsqr ( 808554 ) on Wednesday October 19, 2016 @04:37PM (#53109967)

    They're thinking about dropping the headphone jack. Maybe the new MacBook will be waterproof.

  • I believe the subtitle will be, "If you like your ports you can keep your ports." Then they'll lie to you and take away the standard USB ports.
    • Re: (Score:1, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Last I heard USB-C was a standard USB port.

  • ... I would actually be expecting something pretty amazing right now.

    The "Pro. Go. Whoa." tagline of the introduction of the original (Bondi Blue) iMac was something that was actually pretty astonishing and well worth the -- rather low-key, in retrospect -- hype going into it. The iMac itself was advertised displaying the infamous 1984 "hello" image on its front:

    http://lowendmac.com/wp-content/uploads/hello-again-imac.jpg [lowendmac.com] via
    http://lowendmac.com/1998/1998-good-bye-newton-hello-os-8-1-wallstreet-and-imac/ [lowendmac.com]

    Sin

  • Do you remember the good old times of college, when on an old dumb VT100 terminals everything you got was a simple "hello, world!" printed on green phosphors ?
    Now Apple Inc. is proud to introduce iVT100, the new way to access your mainframe. "Hello again, world!"

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