Apple just sent out invites for its latest — and last — big event of 2020. Set for 10 a.m. PST on November 10, the “One More Thing” event will almost certainly focus on the long-awaited arrival of Apple silicon Macs. The big event will, naturally, be online-only — as it seems all big tech shows will be for the foreseeable future.
The move toward virtual events amid the COVID-19 shutdown has afforded companies the ability to break these spotlight events up more than in past years. After all, simply asking reporters and analysts to tune into a livestream is a much smaller lift. As such, the company has taken advantage, with three events in quick succession. The first focused on the new Apple Watch and iPads, the second iPhones and now it seems inevitable that Apple is going to turn its attention to the Mac.
The show will likely see the long-awaited release date for macOS Big Sur, along with the unveiling of Macs built around the company’s priority ARM-based processors. Back at WWDC in late-June, the company took the unusual step of announcing the technology’s arrival well-ahead of its launch date, in order to get developers on board with the shift, prior to retail availability. Until now, however, the technology has been limited to the realm of development kits.
“From the beginning, the Mac has always embraced big changes to stay at the forefront of personal computing. Today we’re announcing our transition to Apple silicon, making this a historic day for the Mac,” Tim Cook said during the announcement. “With its powerful features and industry-leading performance, Apple silicon will make the Mac stronger and more capable than ever.” It seems we’ll finally see what all of that means next week.
Recent rumors have pointed to a new version of the MacBook Air set for a Q4 2020 arrival. Redesigned versions of the MacBook Pro and iMac are also reportedly in the works. The early November event is also, notably, Apple’s last chance to get products announced ahead of the holiday season. As such, it certainly seems possible we could see some other long-rumored products arrive, including its Tile-like AirTags tracking device and over-ear AirPods Studio headphones.
As always, we’ll be following along with you and bringing you the news as it breaks.