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What to expect from Apple’s ‘scary fast’ event

Apple is gearing up for its second product event this season, following the recent introduction of its new iPhone 15 lineup. This online-only event is scheduled for Monday, commencing at an unusually late time of 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT. Analysts speculate that the decision to hold an evening event suggests that this might not be one of Apple's major announcements of the year.

What to expect from Apple’s ‘scary fast’ event

The event's tagline, "scary fast," hints at the likely introduction of Apple's next-generation silicon chip, the M3, as well as a nod to the upcoming Halloween season. The company is anticipated to unveil new iMac computers featuring this powerful chipset, a move aimed at rejuvenating Mac sales, which have been challenged this year due to reduced demand, excess inventory, and a challenging economic climate. In recent years, the evolution of Apple Silicon, the company's custom-made chip, has been a significant focal point for Apple. This culminated in the transition away from Intel chips, a move that has significantly enhanced performance and placed Apple in a stronger position in the traditional PC and laptop market. Ben Wood, chief analyst at CCS Insight, commented, "It is a huge endorsement of the massive investments Apple has made in this area." Apple's Silicon has not only turned heads but has also demonstrated exceptional performance in processing, thermal efficiency, and battery life. "There is no question that the company is quietly taking share from rival laptop makers." Data from IDC Research indicates that in the second quarter of 2023, Apple computers held approximately 8% of the global market share, with a 10% year-over-year growth. Apple's shift from Intel to its in-house M1 silicon chipset in 2020 marked a significant milestone, boasting the world's fastest CPU core and integrated graphics in a personal computer at the time. In 2022, Apple introduced the M2 chip in its MacBook lineup. Now, the anticipation is building around the M3 chip, set to feature in the upcoming 24-inch iMac and potentially some MacBook Pro models in various sizes. It remains uncertain whether these new computers will be available in time for the holiday shopping season. David McQueen, a director at ABI Research, noted, "Despite the upgrades to its M chips offering incrementally better performance, it is nothing compared to the difference when Apple switched from Intel chips to its own silicon. We'll need to wait and see if the M3 chip really offers a large enough jump in performance over its predecessor to re-stimulate demand." There is also speculation that Apple may introduce new accessories as the company transitions to a USB-C universal charging system, though there have been no rumors regarding a new iPad launch at this time. Apple's annual September event is typically the highlight of its yearly product launches. Last month, the company unveiled its iPhone 15 devices, featuring a slimmer design, an advanced main camera system, a customizable Action button, and USB-C charging, setting the stage for the exciting developments yet to come.

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