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New Apple MacBook coming October 27? Maybe

Evidence that Apple may be planning a MacBook 2016 reboot for late October is mounting – here’s the latest.

A Twitter user has reignited rumours of an October 27 Apple MacBook launch event, revealing that he was offered accessories for a new (and unannounced) version of the flagship Apple laptop.

Zee M Kane, who posts under the Twitter handle @Zee, is a digital media brand advisor and former CEO of technology site The Next Web. In a tweet sent earlier today, he said: “Just got an email from a company with an offer to pre-order their MacBook sleeves designed for the new MacBooks to be released on the 27th.”

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The MacBook sleeves are produced by a company called Waterfield, and are purportedly made in a small workshop in San Francisco, Apple’s home turf. The new version is called the Maxwell Sleeve, and is available for pre-order ahead of an October 27 release. There are four colour options (green, black, blue, red) and an optional suspension strap – we can hardly contain ourselves.

maxwell sleeve

What’s interesting is that Apple has been widely rumoured to be planning a launch event for a new MacBook on October 27. It’s expected that invitations will be sent out within the next week, and that an event will be held out in San Francisco.

The new MacBook is expected to debut a major redesign. One of the most prominent rumoured changes affects the keyboard; the top row of function keys will supposedly be replaced with a touch-sensitive OLED strip that will display customisable buttons and notifications. We’re also expected to see USB-C added, just like the 12-inch MacBook, as well as a new AMD Polaris GPU.

Unfortunately, Apple hasn’t confirmed any details about a new MacBook, so take this report with due caution. It’s also worth noting that although accessory makers sometimes get access to device information before it becomes public knowledge, there’s no guarantee that Waterfield is privy to any secret MacBook designs.

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