Thinking about getting a new computer soon? This may not be the best time to do so please wait and reconsider. Why? There may be huge product announcements happening from both Microsoft and Apple in the next few weeks.
Last week, we advised you to think twice before buying a MacBook this month since there is an expected major refresh of Apple's line of laptops by the end of October.
Microsoft, likewise, is expected to announce a rumored all-in-one Surface desktop PC in their scheduled press event next week.
Microsoft Event and the Surface all-in-one PC
Microsoft started giving out press invitations last week for their special Windows 10 and Surface event scheduled for October 26 in New York City.
Along with a roadmap for the future of Windows 10 and Xbox, the tech company is also expected to unveil a new Surface all-in-one desktop PC running Windows 10.
Details about this new all-in-one PC are limited but rumors suggest that it will come with Intel's new Kaby Lake processors and may also come in 21, 24 and 27-inch variants.
Other rumors say that it features a detachable screen that can be used as a handheld or a table tablet. This could very well be Microsoft's revival of its old PixelSense table computer concept but geared more toward consumers this time.
Design-wise, all we know is that this new Surface all-in-one will be positioned as a living room computer, with a more elegant and streamlined look, and it will be Microsoft's answer to Apple's iMac line of all-in-one desktops.
So mark October 24 on your calendar. Before you shop around for a new Windows 10 PC, just wait for what Microsoft has in store for us next week.
Apple Event and MacBook line refresh
On the Apple side of things, the company also has a confirmed press event set for next week. The October 27 Apple press event is speculated to cover its fourth quarter earnings report but it may also be the product unveiling for the new MacBook Pro and MacBook Air.
To recap the rumors, the new MacBook Pro may ditch the SD card slot, the Thunderbolt and USB 3 ports, and the MagSafe 2 power connector in favor of four USB-C connectors.
We may also see the debut of a touch-sensitive OLED bar above the keyboard. With this, the bar will display an ever-changing virtual row of keys and commands depending on the application context. For example, it will show editing keys in iMovie or search and browsing tools in Safari.
Similar to the MacBook Pro refresh, the MacBook Air may be dropping all existing ports (SD Card slot, USB 3, Thunderbolt, MagSafe 2) in favor of a single USB-C port. Another improvement we might see in the new MacBook Air is a Force Touch trackpad (a feature already in the current MacBook Pro).
With both MacBook Pro and Air, we could see the debut of a brand new touch sensitive sensor that is built into the power button. This fingerprint scanning button can be utilized for logging in and for biometric entry, similar to the iPhone's Touch ID system.
We might also see specification, processor and connector tweaks to Apple's iMac line of all-in-one desktops.
So again, before you rush out and shop for a new Windows 10 computer, a MacBook or an iMac, we advise that you to wait for next week's Microsoft and Apple events.
Other than the hardware improvements that will surely come with the newer models, there will be inevitable price cuts for the older models too.
So check back and please stay tuned to komando.com for the latest news about these new and exciting products!