Sleep Number 360™ Smart Bed

Sleep Number 360™ Smart Bed

Powered by SleepIQ® technology – the latest in biometric sleep tracking – the Sleep Number 360 smart bed intuitively senses and automatically adjusts comfort to keep both partners sleeping soundly all night. The Sleep Number 360 smart bed will forever transform the way people sleep, and improve wellbeing through better quality sleep.

“Today we are excited to unveil the future of sleep: the Sleep Number 360 smart bed, a revolutionary product that redefines what people should expect from their bed,” said Shelly Ibach, Select Comfort president and chief executive officer. “A great night of quality sleep is essential to a healthy mind, body and soul. Consumers love that the Sleep Number 360 smart bed automatically adjusts during the night to ensure you have your best sleep ever.”

The Sleep Number 360 smart bed was named the CES Innovation Awards “Best of Innovation” Honoree in the Home Appliances category, an award given to only the highest-rated product or technology in the category. The Sleep Number 360 smart bed also was named an Honoree in both the Smart Home category and Embedded Technologies category. The annual CES Innovation Awards celebrate outstanding product design and engineering in brand-new consumer technology products.

The Sleep Number 360 smart mattresses and adjustable bases offer a smarter way to sleep by delivering an optimized sleep experience with exceptional comfort.  New features include:

  • Self-adjusting comfort throughout the night. As sleep positions change during the night, each partner can sleep comfortably. ResponsiveAir™ technology adjusts the bed’s comfort in real time via the two air chambers inside the mattress – gently contouring to each partner’s side, back or stomach profiles.
  • Automatic snore detection and adjustment. Sensing SleepIQ® biometrics, the adjustable base automatically adjusts to each sleeper’s ideal position throughout the night. For example, if someone is snoring on their back, the base automatically raises the snorers’ head seven degrees to help temporarily relieve the symptoms of common, mild snoring in otherwise healthy adults.
  • Foot-warming to fall asleep faster. Research shows that people fall asleep faster when their feet are warmed. Through SleepIQ technology, the Sleep Number 360 smart bed knows a sleepers’ bedtime routine and warms the foot of the bed automatically with Rapid Sleep Onset™ technology.
  • Smart alarm feature awakens at the optimal moment. The newest advancement of SleepIQ technology understands a sleeper’s bedtime routine, and knows when they would like to wake up. For example, an alarm will sound when they are in their lightest stage of sleep during their desired wake-up time window.

Sleep Number will phase in the new beds and bases in all Sleep Number® stores and online, beginning in the first half of 2017. The Sleep Number 360 smart beds and bases will be priced similar to Sleep Number’s current mattresses and adjustable bases.

Smart Cities: The Next Big Thing

Smart Cities: The Next Big Thing

The smart city is a concept most industry folk understand, as this idea is generally viewed through the lens of technology and data analytics. But in reality the definition—and implementation—of smart cities is much more elaborate.
While any smart city needs to have a data-based infrastructure system, to be truly “smart” it must also integrate numerous other city functions such as energy, buildings, mobility, government services, citizen involvement, healthcare, and/or infrastructure such as roads.

Understanding the smart cities concept and what it will take to make it a reality is the focus of new CTA research created in partnership with United Parcel Service (UPS) entitled The Evolution of Smart Cities and Connected Communities. The key findings clearly illustrate the role of technology, but highlight the equally important contribution of political leadership and most of all the citizens of a given community. Technology-wise, opportunity abounds with the global smart cities market expected to reach $34.35 billion by 2020.

The overarching goal of smart cities is congruent with smart homes – just on a community-wide scale. That is to say, while smart homes take care of their occupants, smart cities aim to transform residents relationships with their city by building communities that take careof citizens.

The rising demand for smart cities is driven by a series of diverse constraints, challenges and opportunities. However, with 70 percent of the world’s population forecast to live in cities by 2050, the need for sustainable, livable world cities is essential for a prosperous future. Today, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Helsinki, London and Seoul are leading examples of smart cities under development.

The city-state of Singapore aims to be the world’s first “smart nation,” leveraging one of the highest mobile and broadband penetration rates in the world. The centerpiece is a Smart Nation Platform, which brings together data from a nationwide sensor network. Collected data will be fed into an open data platform, as well as a dynamic 3D “Virtual Singapore” model that will allow city planners to test-bed concepts; analyze traffi c and pedestrian flows; and run simulations. Research firm IHS predicts there will be at least 88 smart cities worldwide by 2025, and Asia-Pacific will account for 32 of them.

The benefits of smart cities are manifold, but—almost universally—the starting point for smart city projects is transportation. Why? In most cases, city dwellers’ number one issue is transportation and traffi c congestion. From a policy and funding standpoint it’s a natural fit.
Beyond transportation, the benefits are both direct and indirect such as lower costs and improved resiliency of city operations, greater security, reduced pollution and fostering economic development. Despite these enormous societal benefits, creating smart cities faces challenges and risks that can be summarized as cybersecurity, lack of standards, and governance and budget issues.

To make smart cities a reality, the research recommends planners follow a doctrine centered on four basic tenets: Commitment, Collaboration, Consistency and Community—the four C’s of smart city development. More, these guidelines underpin principles such as ‘maintaining a commitment to entrepreneurial programs’ that are critical to achieving smart city development through delivering innovative urban or public services enabled by technology. In other words, embrace disruptive innovation.

Light your home with the extended Philips Hue connected lighting system

Light your home with the extended Philips Hue connected lighting system

Smarten up your home, and discover all that light can do for your space and life with our new expanded Philips Hue starter kits, including four bulbs and the Philips Hue bridge.

It has never been easier to transform your home’s traditional, flip-the-switch lighting to smart, wireless lighting that can enhance any moment of your day. Philips Lighting (Euronext Amsterdam ticker: LIGHT), a global leader in lighting, continues to extend the Philips Hue connected lighting family of products available to US consumers, so they can simplify and enhance their home and life.

“Whether you are looking to personalize your lighting to gain peace of mind when away from home, see and feel better throughout the day and help get a better night’s rest, or take your entertainment experience to the next level, the Philips Hue family of products can smarten up your home, room by room,” said Mark Cieri, Vice President & General Manager, Home Systems, Philips Lighting US. Consumers can quickly outfit a space and discover all that light can do, at a great value, with our new expanded Philips Hue starter kits.”

Available in three versions – White and Color Ambiance ($199.99), White Ambiance ($149.99) and White ($99.99) – the starter kits now include four traditional A19 light bulbs and the Philips Hue bridge, which is needed to set up, customize and get the best connected lighting experience. Multi-packs of Philips Hue light bulbs are also available for consumers to extend that experience throughout their homes.

Choose the right light to support any moment in the day, anywhere in your home

Your lighting should be designed around you, your home and your everyday life. Philips Hue gives unprecedented versatility, with the full spectrum of white and colored light at your disposal, so you can shape your space whatever your style and routine, make rooms feel spacious and comfortable, and set the mood and atmosphere for any occasion.

Two new fixtures, integrated with the Philips Hue White Ambiance technology, will be available for purchase beginning October 2017. The Philips Hue White Ambiance Cher Suspension fixture ($229.99, 3000 lumens) is perfect above a kitchen island or dining table, and the Philips Hue White Ambiance downlight ($34.99), available in 4” (700 lumens) and 5/6” (750 lumens), can replace recessed ceiling lights. Both are designed to give you the perfect shade of white light to support your different activities throughout the day, from helping you wake up and energize, concentrate, read, relax and go to sleep naturally, from a single light source.

In addition, the highly anticipated Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance candle bulb ($49.99) will be available for purchase beginning October 2017. The smaller E12 base of the candle bulb, with a range of more than 16 million colors, is perfect for ceiling fans, chandeliers and decorative table lamps. The 40W-equivalent candle bulb has 450 lumens; it joins the current Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance range, which also includes the traditional A19 bulb, GU10 spot light and BR30 downlight.

Control your lights your way – from your voice to your smart device

Philips Hue provides the best voice-controlled lighting experience. Simply ask Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit with Siri and Google Assistant to turn your lights on or off, set the desired shade of white or colored light and much more – without lifting a finger.

All Philips Hue products can also be controlled via smartphone or tablet with the Philips Hue app, accessories including the Philips Hue wireless dimmer switch, Tap and motion sensor, and wearable devices. In addition, you can remotely control your lights wherever you are, and set timers, notifications and alarms.

Sony Unveils New Innovations at IFA 2017

Sony Unveils New Innovations at IFA 2017

At the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin, Germany, scheduled to begin from Friday, September 1, Sony Corporation is set to showcase an array of its latest products.

At the Sony press conference held on Thursday, August 31 (local time) in advance of IFA’s official opening, Shigeru Kumekawa, President of Sony Europe introduced the company’s newest digital imaging and audio products. “By continuing to deliver revolutionary products that resonate at a deep emotional level, Sony stands at the “last one inch” between our customers and the experiences they seek. We are achieving steady profit growth in our electronics business here in Europe by focusing on the high value-added market, and are well positioned for the remainder of 2017 and beyond,” Kumekawa said. Hideyuki Furumi, EVP, Global Sales & Marketing, Sony Mobile Communications Inc. then took the stage to introduce the latest products from the Xperia™ X smartphone series.

Digital Imaging

The RX0 is a new digital camera that continues to feature the high-quality imaging capabilities that Sony has achieved over years with the RX series, while also boasting a robust*1, *2, *3 and waterproof*3, *4 design — all in an ultra-compact body. This enables users to capture high-quality photos and videos in any shooting conditions including the rain, underwater, in sandy or dusty environments or in a scene where impact force is applied to a camera body. It also has the super slow motion recording capability*5 to capture and replay fleeting moments of action in an impressive way. The RX0 opens up entirely new imaging possibilities, and inspires an unprecedented scope of expression from all who take it in hand.

In addition to using it as a single camera, multiple units can be combined to allow for multi-perspective shooting. Multiple-unit solutions, that stimulate creators’ imaginations, can be realized using wireless connectivity*6 for a high degree of freedom, or wired connectivity*7 for even greater reliability.

The RX0 features 1.0-type stacked 15.3 MP (approximate effective megapixels) Exmor RS™ CMOS image sensor, and a ZEISS® Tessar T* 24mm F4 fixed wide-angle lens, enabling high resolution images to be captured. It is waterproof in depths of up to 10 meters*3, *4 , shockproof for heights up to 2.0 meters, and can withstand a 200kgf/2000N load.

Sony is also showcasing its other latest digital imaging products at the venue, including the α9, α6500, RX10 III, RX100 V, the G Master™ brand FE 100mm F2.8 STF GM OSS mid-telephoto prime lens and FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS telephoto zoom lens, each of which were honored at Europe’s renowned EISA Awards 2017-2018.

Audio & TV/Smart Home

Sony also unveiled its latest Hi-Res wireless noise canceling stereo headphone models, succeeding the MDR-1000X, which was announced to great acclaim at IFA 2016. Three new types of headphone model will be launched: the headband style WH-1000XM2, the behind-the-neck style WI-1000X, and the truly wireless WF-1000X. Each of these three 1000X series models boast industry-leading noise-cancellation levels for Bluetooth® headphones. They also come equipped with the world’s first “Adaptive Sound Control”, which recognize the user’s actions and automatically switch the noise cancellation feature on or off, in accordance with the usage situation. Customers can choose one of three styles, all of which overcome the inconvenience of having to constantly remove the headphones in order to adjust the volume, instead allowing users to fully immerse themselves in the high-quality audio experience. Also on display will be Sony’s new h.ear headphones, which come in an array of new colors to match every lifestyle and fashion choice. The colors also match Sony’s latest Xperia™ and Walkman® products, allowing for any number of eye-catching color combinations.

Sony also announced the launch of its new 77-inch 4K OLED BRAVIA® A1 series in Europe. It delivers a ground-breaking visual experience thanks to Sony’s unique 4K HDR processor X1™Extreme as well as Acoustic Surface™ technology that vibrates the display, and enables sound to be output directly from the TV screen.

At the booth, Sony will be demonstrating the spread of the 4K HDR world by showcasing the X1 Extreme-equipped 4K LCD BRAVIA XE94/XE93 series, together with PlayStation® 4 Pro (PS4® Pro) and other 4K HDR products. Visitors will be able to experience the realistic and powerful images and sound of 4K HDR and the latest Dolby Atmos® audio quality, through Sony’s UBP-X800 Ultra HD Blu-ray™ player and HT-ST5000 Soundbar.

Also on display will be the LF-S50G, Sony’s first wireless speaker with the Google Assistant built-in, set to make its way to markets in the United States, UK, Germany, France, and elsewhere, enabling users to enjoy high fidelity music and 360-degree sound from any corner of their room. The “Gesture Control” feature allows you to adjust the volume or skip to the next track without directly touching the speaker, and simply by waving hand nearby. With JIS-compliant IPX3 splash-proof capabilities that make it suitable for use even in the kitchen, the LF-S50G reflects Sony’s commitment to audio quality and ease of use. Additionally, BRAVIA models will also be updated with built-in Google Assistant functionality by the end of the year. Simply by speaking to the Assistant on your LF-S50G or BRAVIA remote control, you can initiate audio or video playback, keep up with the latest news, and even control audio devices, lights, and other wi-fi connected IoT devices that work with the Google Assistant.

There will also be a smart home demonstration on the show floor centering on Sony’s lineup of high-quality, interconnected audio and video products. It will introduce different ways of using the LF-S50G, BRAVIA, and other Sony products alongside compatible devices from other companies. Several examples of potential user experiences will be on display, including multi-room music playback in the living room and kitchen, as well as recipe and restaurant information search and display via BRAVIA.

Xperia™ Smartphones

Sony Mobile Communications announced three new smartphones: Xperia XZ1 and Xperia XZ1 Compact in its flagship range, and Xperia XA1 Plus in the super mid-range. All models will be available globally from Autumn 2017.

Xperia XZ1 incorporates a host of premium features made possible using Sony’s advanced technologies, including its latest Motion Eye™ camera system, HDR 5.2″ Full HD display and Hi-Res Audio.

A new breakthrough feature is 3D Creator, Sony Mobile’s unique in-house solution for fast and easy scanning of 3D objects. There are many playful options to enjoy with 3D Creator, such as creating an avatar for use in the camera AR effects options, setting a live wallpaper, sharing on social media with your friends as a 3D sticker, or sending to a 3D printer to make it into a memorable keepsake.

Xperia XZ1 Compact packs the power of Xperia into a compact form with a 4.6″ display and premium features including Motion Eye camera, Hi-Res Audio, innovative 3D Creator, and additionally features a new super wide-angle front camera which extends the field of view to 120 degrees.

Both Xperia XZ1 and Xperia XZ1 Compact are powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Mobile Platforms for high-speed Internet connections and fast and efficient performance.

The new Xperia XA1 Plus features a premium 23MP rear camera, 5.5″ Full HD display and impressive audio performance. Additionally you can be confident of all day battery thanks to its large 3430mAh capacity.

4K Home Theater Projectors

Sony will be expanding its lineup of 4K HDR capable home theater projectors with the launch of three new models incorporating its unique native 4K SXRD panels. The compact design VPL-VW760ES features a built-in laser light source and reproduces highly fidelity, high contrast images that allow users to enjoy stunning 4K HDR images, even during the darkest and brightest scenes

Also to be launched are the VPL-VW360ES, with an adjustable image quality function to suit various types of viewing content, and the high cost-performance model VPL-VW260ES, that enables users to enjoy immersive and authentic 4K HDR images.


Game & Network Services

PlayStation® VR (PS VR), a virtual reality system that takes the PlayStation® 4 system to the next level of immersion, will be showcased at the Sony booth. Visitors will be able to enjoy a host of VR content, including Farpoint, in which players can use a weapon type controller called PS VR Aim Controller to battle through an extraterrestrial world, and find their way back home against an onslaught of hostile enemy lifeforms.

MultiChoice launches new DStv WiFi Connector

MultiChoice launches new DStv WiFi Connector

MultiChoice launches new DStv WiFi Connector   MultiChoice has released its new DStv Wi-Fi Connector, which links your DStv Explora to your home Wi-Fi network.

This device allows users to access additional Internet-based services and online entertainment options through their decoder, said the company.

The new Wi-Fi Connector is smaller than the previous model and comes with a USB docking station.

“When we launched the DStv Explora in August 2013, we promised our customers that we will keep on enhancing the experience on this flagship platform. An easy-to-use DStv Wi-Fi Connector helps us to deliver on that promise,” said MultiChoice CTO Gerdus van Eeden.

The DStv WiFi Connector is a device that links your DStv Explora to the router in your home. It does so easily and wirelessly. By linking your DStv Explora to the internet, you get access to Connected Services – namely DStv Catch Up Plus and Remote Recordings.

Where can I buy a DStv WiFi Connector?

You can get a DStv WiFi Connector from any of the DStv Service Centres, DStv Agencies or at major retailers.

What does the DStv WiFi Connector come with?

The DStv WiFi Connector comes with Docking Station and a basic user guide.

What is the warranty on the DStv WiFi Connector?

The DStv WiFi Connector comes with a 12-month warranty from the date of purchase.

How do I connect my DStv Explora to the internet using the DStv WiFi Connector?

You can find full information on how to connect it here.

How much does a DStv WiFi Connector cost?

The recommended retail price at DStv Service Centres and DStv Agencies is R199.

The icon is back, Nokia 3310!

Remember when you could leave the house without a charger? Well, with the new Nokia 3310, you can. It comes with a long-lasting battery, so you can talk all day, or leave the phone on standby for up to a month. When needed, a Micro-USB port makes charging simple.

The new Nokia 3310 takes the iconic silhouette of the original and reimagines it for 2017. The custom designed user interface brings a fresh look to a classic, whilst the 2.4” polarized and curved screen window makes for better readability in sunlight.

Play the legendary Snake. It’s back with a little update that makes it even more fun to play on the color screen. Do you still remember your high score? Think you can beat it?

The icon is back, Nokia 3310! Nokia 3310

Nokia 3310 is made to fit your style. It comes in four distinct colors: Warm Red and Yellow, both with a gloss finish, and Dark Blue and Grey both with a matte finish. What’s best, the color runs through the material, so it looks better for longer.

The Nokia 3310 is set to retail for $52. No news about it’s South Africa release or pricing.

Apple Campus 2 Officially Named ‘Apple Park’, Set For Grand Opening in April

Apple announced that Apple Campus 2 will be open and ready for employees to begin moving in this April, while also officially naming the site “Apple Park.” Moving more than 12,000 employees to the site will take more than six months, the company said, and some smaller building construction and landscaping will continue.

In honor of the late CEO Steve Jobs — who would have turned 62 on Friday, February 24 — Apple announced that the theater at Apple Park will be named the “Steve Jobs Theater.” The theater will be one of the buildings that opens later this year, and is situated at one of the highest point on the campus, overlooking the nearby meadows and the large, circular main building at Apple Park.

Apple Campus 2 Officially Named 'Apple Park', Set For Grand Opening in April

Steve’s vision for Apple stretched far beyond his time with us. He intended Apple Park to be the home of innovation for generations to come. The workspaces and parklands are designed to inspire our team as well as benefit the environment. We’ve achieved the most energy-efficient building of its kind in the world and the campus will run entirely on renewable energy.

— Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO

Apple Campus 2 Officially Named 'Apple Park', Set For Grand Opening in April

Apple’s press release also covered a collection of other buildings at Apple Park, including a visitor’s center that will include a full Apple Store and cafe, both of which will be open to the public. Apple worked in collaboration with Foster + Partners to build Apple Park, which occupies 175 acres and will be powered by 100 percent renewable energy. 

The main building, which has been referred to as the “Spaceship” building, includes 17 megawatts of rooftop solar power, meaning Apple Park will be running one of the largest solar energy installations on the planet when it opens in April. Apple also takes pride in the Park’s landscaping initiatives, which has resulted in the replacement of 5 million-square-feet of asphalt with various greeneries, as well as over 9,000 native and drought-resistant trees.

Construction on the campus began back in 2013 and was originally pegged for completion in late 2016 before construction delays pushed back its opening date. Throughout the years, coverage of the campus has been ongoing thanks to reliable drone videos that have showed up every month or so, giving Apple fans the chance to see major construction milestones like the first time the Spaceship building took shape, all the way up to the day that lights began turning on

Check out more images and a video about Apple Park here.

Apple Campus 2 Officially Named 'Apple Park', Set For Grand Opening in April

Apple Unveil’s new MacBook Pro’s with Touch Bar


Apple has announced the all-new MacBook Pro, confirming that the new computer will come in 13-inch and 15-inch sizes, in both Silver and Space Gray colour options. The MacBooks are thinner and lighter than their previous generations, come with a Trackpad that’s larger than the ones on the previous MacBooks, and have a redesigned keyboard for better typing.

Apple calls it “the most powerful MacBook Pro ever,” and the 13-inch model features a 2.9 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.3 GHz, 8GB of memory and 256GB of flash storage. The 15-inch version has a 2.6 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.5 GHz, 16GB of memory and 256GB of flash storage. Both computers reach “up to 2.3 times the graphics performance” of the previous generation.

Apple Unveil's new MacBook Pro's with Touch Bar Macbook Pro

The 15-inch MacBook Pro features Radeon Pro discrete graphics, while the 13-inch model has Intel Iris Graphics. Each edition includes SSDs with sequential read speeds over 3GBps, and the ability to drive a 5K display through a single Thunderbolt 3 port thanks to the technology’s consolidation of data transfer, video bandwidth, and charging abilities.

For the display, that means Apple has created “the brightest, most colorful notebook display” ever, with images that are more vivid and lifelike thanks to the screen’s 500 nits of brightness. In total, that means the new screen is now 67 percent brighter than the previous generation MacBook Pro, has 67 percent more contrast, “and is the first Mac notebook display to support a wider colour gamut.” The company said that none of this negatively affects battery life, because with power saving technology in the MacBook — including a larger pixel aperture, a variable refresh rate and more power-efficient LEDs — the display now consumes 30 percent less energy.

Regarding ports, the MacBook Pro now has four Thunderbolt 3 ports, any of which can be used to charge the laptop, and Apple has officially done away with MagSafe charging on its MacBook Pro line. The enclosure of the MacBook Pro features an entirely new design and all-metal unibody construction, and the 13-inch model is 14.9 mm thin while the 15-inch option is 15.5 mm thin.

In comparison to the last edition of the MacBook Pro, the 13-inch model is 17 percent thinner and has 23 percent less volume, while the 15-inch is 14 percent thinner and 20 percent less volume. In terms of weight, the 13-inch is 3 pounds and the 15-inch is 4 pounds, both devices coming in at nearly half a pound lighter than their previous iterations.

Of course, the biggest addition to the MacBook Pro is the new “Touch Bar,” which sits atop the keyboard and officially replaces the function keys on the laptop. As was rumored, Touch Bar is application specific and adapts to what’s on screen, be it scrolling through months in Calendar, choosing an album in Photos, selecting emoji in Messages, and many more, including third-party apps like Microsoft Office.

Another advantage is Touch ID, which comes integrated into the power button on the new MacBook Pro. Once a user enrolls their fingerprint into the Touch ID system on MacBook, they can unlock the computer with the simple press of a finger, switch user accounts, and even make purchases with Apple Pay‘s new integration on the web.

A second generation butterfly mechanism in the keyboard provides more responsive typing. Below the keyboard, Apple expanded the Trackpad to be 50 percent larger in the 13-inch MacBook Pro, and twice as large than previous models on the 15-inch MacBook Pro. The speakers got an overhaul, too, with louder, more true-to-life sound that have double the dynamic range and improved bass.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro is expected to cost about R34 999 in South Africa, while the 15-inch is expected to cost about R45 999, and both devices are expected in South Africa in January.

Apple has also decided to not create a new “Air” model, instead introducing an entry-level MacBook Pro without a Touch Bar that is expected to cost about R28 499 in South Africa and should be available in the middle of November.

Apple Invites Media to ‘Hello Again’ 27 October Mac-Centric Event

Apple sent out media invites for a Mac-centric event that will be held on Thursday, October 27 at 7:00 p.m. (South African Time) at Apple’s Cupertino campus. 

The October event is expected to focus on the introduction of new Macs, headlined by a much-rumored and highly anticipated revamped MacBook Pro. According to rumors, the new MacBook Pro will feature the first redesign to the machine since 2012.

Apple Invites Media to 'Hello Again' 27 October Mac-Centric Event Macbook Pro Macbook Air Macbook Mac Pro Mac Mini iMac

A thinner, lighter body is expected, with a wider, pressure-sensitive trackpad and a flatter MacBook-style keyboard with the same butterfly key mechanism. The MacBook Pro will be available in the same 13 and 15-inch size options, and will feature USB-C with USB 3.1 support for faster transfer speeds, Thunderbolt 3, and Touch ID

Touch ID is expected to be built into a new OLED touch panel built into the top of the MacBook Pro, where it will replace the physical function key row. The OLED touch panel is said to feature contextual buttons that will change based on each app that’s in use. A leaked chassis suggests it will feature four USB-C ports and a headphone jack, but no HDMI port, no USB-A ports, no MagSafe connector, and no SD card slot.

A refreshed 13-inch MacBook Air with USB-C ports has also been rumored, but it is not clear if other internal changes will be made to Apple’s low-cost machine. It’s possible the 13-inch MacBook Air will be a standalone product going forward, based on rumors suggesting the 11-inch model will be discontinued

Apple is also said to be working on updated iMacs with AMD graphics chips, which could be introduced at the event, and we might possibly see the debut of a rumored 5K Retina display with an integrated GPU. Apple discontinued the original Thunderbolt Display earlier this year, but an updated product has been in the works and it makes sense to release it alongside refreshed Macs if it’s ready to launch. 

Apple’s Mac Pro and Mac mini are in dire need of refreshes, having been updated last in 2013 and 2014, respectively, but it is not clear if these machines will also see updates at the event.