Apple is holding its large iPhone 13 launch as we speak, which likely gained’t have escaped your consideration, and whereas we’re not anticipating to see something save the iPhone 13 itself and the Apple Watch 7 (in all probability) – plus the AirPods 3, most certainly – we aren’t anticipating Tim Prepare dinner to spherical issues off by unveiling one thing on the Mac entrance.
Rumor (and previous kind) has it that Apple will run two main occasions within the close to future, and after as we speak’s launch, there’ll be a second occasion to comply with which might be a Mac and iPad reveal (with the brand new M1X-powered MacBook 14-inch and 16-inch debuting, and possibly a Mac mini too). We not too long ago heard prolific Apple leaker Mark Gurman insist that the brand new MacBook Professionals will truly be on cabinets within the ‘subsequent a number of weeks’.
Now, MacRumors has made some fascinating observations on the earlier timing of Apple’s Again to Faculty promotion. Specifically that in September final 12 months, Apple prolonged that promo to run till October 12 within the US, which simply so occurred to be the day earlier than Apple ran a press occasion (which was introduced after that extension).
So, the speculation is that the identical factor might maintain true this 12 months, with this fall’s second launch occasion approaching the day after the Again to Faculty promo ends. Nevertheless, within the US that’s September 27, and as we’ve beforehand commented ourselves, it appears impossible that Apple would maintain two large occasions in the identical month only a fortnight aside – that’s simply too shut for consolation.
The important thing half right here is that in Europe, the Again to Faculty promotion ends on a unique date – October 11 – so might that point out a doable date of October 12 for the MacBook plus iPad launch?
Evaluation: A stretch too far? Fairly probably
Okay so sure, it is a actual stretch – if it was the US date we had been speaking about, then it’d appear a extra seemingly prospect, however to go off the European schedule for the Again to Faculty promo is clearly a leap. Apart from that, even MacRumors itself admits that it is a skinny connection to make and that it’s fairly doable that the timing of the promo final 12 months was mere coincidence.
What makes us surprise if this might need a grain of fact in it, although, is that the October 12 date just about suits with present hypothesis and what we had been considering anyway. The MacBook launch timeframe Gurman simply floated in his newest rumor suggests a launch in early October, provided that we will count on the precise laptops to be on sale inside ‘a number of weeks’. October 12 nonetheless nearly suits that, assuming that Apple is planning to launch with instant availability (no hole between reveal and on-sale), and it’s a Tuesday. Plus that date would, in fact, roughly match with the timing from final 12 months (October 13).
Right here’s one other thought: possibly Apple might even be about to place the tip date of the Again to Faculty promo within the US again once more, because it did final 12 months (in mid-September), to match the European ending date?
Who is aware of, and naturally finally that is all guesswork, as ever, however there’s an opportunity that there’s something on this explicit piece of hypothesis. Regardless of the case, it’s actually beginning to look like October quite than November is the month to observe for the brand new MacBooks (do not forget that the latter month has been beforehand talked about through the grapevine).