What to expect from Apple's Oct. 27th event

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You didn't actually expect to have to wait until Apple's Thursday event to know what they company is going to announce, did you?

The rumors have been flying for a while, and now a trusted analyst has chimed in with more expectations for the tech giant's big event. So what is on the docket?

In IT Blogwatch, we already know.

So what exactly is happening? Ketan Pratap gets us started:

Apple...started sending media invites with the tagline "hello again" for a Thursday event where the company is expected to update its Mac lineup. The...event is said to end long drought of Mac updates...KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes that Apple will make various announcements to the Mac lineup.

Before we go any further, what is the significance of the "hello again" invitation? Jonny Evans breaks it down for us:

The word “hello” means something in the Apple universe. It was the first word on the first Mac, the first word on the iMac, and was part of the company’s WWDC invitation, where it announced...the name “macOS” to replace OS X.
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That Apple is saying “hello” must be significant, especially with some Mac models having seen no upgrade for...three years.

And what updates to the Mac lineup will we see? Jake Smith has some details:

According to Ming-Chi Kuo...Likely the headliner of the event, the 15-inch MacBook Pro will feature a Retina display, Touch ID, an OLED function row above the keyboard, and upgraded internals...It's not clear what upgrades the 13-inch version of the MacBook Pro will see.
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Interestingly, Kuo said Apple won't ship its rumored iMac upgrade or external 5k display until the first half of 2017...The 5k display...is rumored to have an integrated GPU.

All this is great, but we need more details! You can't expect us to actually wait until the event to know what Apple is going to announce. Luckily, Yoni Heisler has a few:

Consumers can likely kiss the beloved MagSafe adapter and traditional USB ports goodbye and instead say hello to new USB-C and Thuderbolt 3 ports...With respect to internals...the new MacBook Pros will reportedly house Intel Skylake processors...On the graphics front, don’t be surprised to see a GPU which takes advantage of AMD’s Polaris architecture.

So, are Apple users excited? You bet they are! Timmy Trumpet had this to say:

Can Apple pls bring out the new Macbook Pro already?
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