Apple Inc. is set to unveil new MacBooks at the media event on October 27 in Cupertino. It is widely expected that the tech giant is going to showcase three new laptops at the event: a new 13-inch MacBook; a new 13-inch MacBook Pro; and a new 15-inch MacBook Pro. In addition, the Apple event is said to include a new iMac desktop, MacBook Air, as well as a new standalone 5K monitor.
On October 26, the day before the Apple event, Microsoft Corporation is holding an event in New York City to launch an all-in-one (AIO) Surface PC. According to the reports, the software giant is building three Surface-branded AIO computers. Surface appears to be a great success for Microsoft. During the third quarter, the company reported that Surface revenue was $926 million, up 38% from the $672 million last year, The Verge reported. The increase in revenue is attributed to both Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book. The company’s anticipated new Surface PC will likely contribute to the company’s next quarter of Surface sales.
Before talking about whether Surface will beat MacBook or not, let’s take a look at rumors swirling about those devices.
The new MacBook Pro is expected to be available in both 13 inch and 15 inch model. The Cupertino-based company could introduce an updated 13 inch model of the MacBook Air. The tech giant may discontinue the 11 inch model of the MacBook Air.
Apple Inc. is reportedly including USB Type-C and Thunderbolt 3 ports on the new MacBook Pro.
The revamped MacBook Pro is said have a thinner and lighter form factor, according to KGI. The firm predicts that the notebook would come in 13- and 15-inch variations, and will have Touch ID and a new OLED display touch bar above the keyboard.
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes that the new MacBook Pro would receive the “most significant upgrade ever undertaken by Apple.” The analyst expects that the new laptop will be powered by a faster Skylake processor.
The rumors suggest that the new notebook will feature a Touch ID sensor, which is expected to sit somewhere near the touch pad or form part of the top Apple logo. According to the reports, Apple’s updated macOS operating system would make debut in the all-new 2016 MacBook Pro.
The new Macbook is rumored to feature an OLED screen, which offers better visuals with greater color contrasts. OLED lets users get a lot more battery from their device and consumes less power due to how it relays pixels. Moreover, the notebook boast a quadruplet of USB-C ports, two on each side, maybe even with a few new color variations.
Microsoft All-In-One Surface PC
Reports suggesting that Microsoft Corporation is building three models: 21-inch, 24-inch, and 27-inch. The report claimed that the company is testing out 3 Surface All-in-One devices, which include a 21-inch model with Full HD display, a 24-inch 4K display and a 27-inch screen with 4K display.
Moreover, there have been speculations that Microsoft will release a number of new Surface-branded PC accessories at the event. Windows Central reported that the company will launch an ergonomic Surface keyboard and a Surface mouse, as well as a new Surface-branded version of its Designer Bluetooth Desktop kit. These accessories are designed to be used with desktop PCs.
Apple MacBook versus Microsoft Surface
Forbes reported that Microsoft does not need to get into a retail battle with Apple in hardware market. The software company seems to focusing on building a strong Surface brand, a strong community of supporters and show that Windows 10 is innovative.
According to the report, the Surface range isn’t likely to outsell the MacBook and iPad in the next few years. “Yet the Surface range is proving to be the biggest challenge to Apple’s dominant long-term position in the consumer market,” the report said.