Apple 'Unleashed' event happening October 19, new M1X MacBook Pros expected to be revealed

Other new products could include redesigned Mac Minis and the AirPods 3.
Other new products could include redesigned Mac Minis and the AirPods 3. Photo credit: Getty Images / Supplied

Apple has teased the announcement of new products on October 19 (NZ time), raising expectations the long-rumoured new M1X-powered MacBook Pros will be revealed.

The 'Unleashed' online event will be live-streamed from the company's Apple Park base with the redesigned 14-inch and 16-inch MacBooks expected to be the stars.

As well as the improved M1X processor, the new models are rumoured to have Magsafe chargers, while the much-derided Touch Bar is set to disappear for more traditional keys.

One of the other big changes could be the addition of a mini-LED display, with a new rumour today suggesting they will also have a 120Hz refresh rate. That came from Ross Young, the CEO of Display Supply Chain Consultants, who has previously correctly predicted details of Apple's screen technology.

In a tweet he said the panels for the new MacBooks are coming from the same suppliers as the iPad Pros.

"Expecting similar technology - oxide backplanes, miniLED backlights and 120Hz refresh rates. MiniLEDs, 100 percent confirmed," said Young.

Previous iPad Pro models already featured 120Hz displays and the technology was finally added to the company's smartphones via iPhone 13 Pro range last month, after Android phones have been offering the feature since 2017.

Other rumours include a redesigned Mac Mini, with tipster Jon Prosser revealing in May the new device will have an aluminium enclosure with a "plexi-like" reflective surface.

It's also likely to have an increased number of ports thanks to the better M1X chip, and a magnetic power connector similar to that on the newest iMacs.

The AirPods 3, which were reported to be in production in August this year, were a surprise omission from Apple's September 'California Streaming' event where the new iPhone and Apple Watches were announced.

The standard Apple earbuds haven't had an upgrade since the AirPods 2 were released in March 2019 and are overdue for a new version.

The redesign is expected to bring them closer in look to the AirPod Pro models with a shorter stem and it would not be a surprise to see them unveiled on Tuesday.

One final thing that reportedly could be announced is the release date for MacOS Monterey.

The new version of software for Apple's desktop and laptop computers is currently in its ninth beta version and wasn't released at the same time as iOS 15, iPadOS 15 or WatchOS 8 in September.

The event can be streamed via Apple's website, YouTube or on the Apple TV app. It starts at 6am, NZ time.