What to expect tonight from Apple's surprise “Scary Fast” evening event

Time moves quickly. You could say it's scary fast. A week ago, we didn't expect Apple's second fall event to take place this year. Now we're looking at what to expect from Apple's video-only Monday surprise tonight.

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USB-C Accessories

First, a quick note to start with. Remember those USB-C cables that were supposed to match the color of the iPhone 15 and come with the new phone?

Yes, that didn't happen. People who called that claim dubious and instead predicted that they were destined for the iMac will likely take a victory lap on Monday night.

The colors, in my opinion, were yellow, orange, blue, white or purple and… black. A black (or midnight) iMac will rule—unless the bezel is white.

The iMac M1 comes with color-matched peripherals (Magic Keyboard and Magic Trackpad or Magic Mouse), as well as a USB cable. C – Lightning for pairing and charging. We can likely expect to see these cables, as well as a USB-C version of the Magic Keyboard, Magic Trackpad, and inverted charging Magic Mouse on Monday.

This was later mentioned by Bloomberg's Mark Gurman. .

M3 Mac

Apple's use of the Happy Mac face from the Finder removes any mystery about this being a Mac event.

Ming-Chi Kuo, who predicted there would be no new Macs this year, now believes Apple will introduce more new Macs this year:

I believe the M3 series MacBook Pro will be the focus of the media event on October 30th. I previously predicted that a launch this year was unlikely due to limited deliveries in 4Q23 (less than 400-500 thousand units total). If the new MBPs are launched in November-December, the limited supply will last until the first quarter of 2024 if demand continues.

Bold predictions aside, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman is adding to his ongoing reporting on Apple's next-generation processors. He expects Apple to introduce 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro M3 Pro and M3 Max models. They will have up to a 16-core processor and up to a 40-core GPU.

At the beginning of the year, Apple released the MacBook Pro M2 Pro and M2 Max. However, they were expected to debut several months earlier. These new Macs will put Apple back roughly on schedule.

As for some wishful thinking, Apple isn't offering a MacBook Pro at midnight… yet.

Back to Mark Gurman's information, he also highlights his existing reports that the next iMac will feature an M3 chip, a slight internal stand design change, and the same or similar colors.

>Something that Gourmet doesn't expect? MacBook Air M3. He says the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Air M3 are behind the MacBook Pro in development, and he doesn't believe we'll see them next week. The same goes for new versions of the Mac mini, Mac Studio and Mac Pro.

Read Mark Gurman's full coverage of the event on Bloomberg.

Top comment from Sean Pratt

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Expect an iMac M3 plus peripherals. Perhaps a new Apple TV with enhanced GPU capabilities. Then expect a lot more talk about games (close ties to game studios, as well as the one that Apple bought???). and how you can go from TV to iPad to iPhone to iMac.

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And there you have it. Not only will Apple unveil the M3 chip, but we'll also see the M3 Pro and M3 Max chips on the same day… er, night.

Monday, October 30th at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time, 8:00 p.m. ET.

But what if it's still an iMac M2?

John Gruber of Daring Fireball has a different theory about the future:

  • 24-inch iMac with M2
  • New “pro” iMacs with M2 Pro and M2 Max, possibly a 27-inch display like the Studio Display.

It's more like what MacOtakara first introduced.

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