Apple Event October 18th 2021: what to expect from AirPods 3 and new MacBook Pros

Everything you should expect from the October Apple Event, and how you can watch along

Tim Cook presenting during an Apple keynote, on black background, with multicoloured Apple logo beside him
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The next Apple Event has just been revealed, and it's happening today: October 18th, 2021, at 10am PDT/1pm EDT/6pm BST. Apple's name for the event is simply 'Unleashed', and you'll be able to watch along at apple.com, at Apple's YouTube channel, or we'll embed the stream right here when the time comes, with the video embedded just below.

We're expecting to see new MacBook Pros at the event, along with a faster Mac mini, and perhaps AirPods 3 at long last… we'll go into more detail on what's been reported about the event just below.

The previous Apple event was only back in September 2021, where Apple announced the iPhone 13, Apple Watch Series 7, iPad mini 6, iPad 10.2-inch 9th Gen and more.

In this guide, we'll tell you which products to expect from upcoming Apple Events that have been leaked and rumoured (or are just regular events that probably won't change). We've also got mini recaps of all the recent events that have happened, so you know the full context.

We'll update the list whenever we get more official or rumoured information about events, of course, and we'll let you know whether an event actually is officially scheduled by Apple or whether it's just expectation.

Apple Event October 2021: what to expect

1. AirPods 3

These have been rumoured as imminent for release since spring 2021, so their time must finally come soon (and just before Christmas makes total sense – they'll be a smash hit). We're expecting improved sound quality, an AirPods Pro-like design, and support for Apple's cool Spatial Audio feature.

2. 14-inch MacBook Pro

The rumours say that Apple is working on a new-look MacBook Pro, with a larger 14-inch screen in the same footprint as the current 13-inch model. Even more excitingly, it's said to have a new 'M1X' ultra-powerful processor, which looks set to be comically powerful – perhaps with graphics to rival the PS5.

3. 16-inch MacBook Pro

A larger version of the 14-inch model! This has the same size screen as the current big MacBook Pro, but with a more svelte body. It'll also have the extra-powerful processor, plus is said to feature an array of useful ports, rather than just the USB-C ports of the current model.

4. More powerful Mac Mini

Rumours say that the Mac Mini will get the M1X processor as well, making it a real powerhouse for such a small machine.

5. macOS 10.12 Moneterey release date

Apple will likely unveil the date you can download the next macOS update. It might even be the same date as the event.

Apple Event 2021: what else is coming up

Spring 2022 Apple Event

There are rumours that Apple is planning an update to the iPhone SE in 2022, and the SE is traditionally updated in the Spring, giving it a nice wide berth from the high-end iPhone launch. We might also expect to see the new MacBook Air in this event – the iMac 24-inch (2021) was unveiled in this period.

June 2022 WWDC Apple Event

Apple holds its big developer conference in June every year, and we expect that to stay true in 2022. At this event, it will reveal the big features for the next updates to iOS, watchOS, macOS, iPadOS and tvOS. Recently, hardware hasn't appeared at these events, though don't rule it out – especially if it's something developers will need to learn more about.

iPhone 12 models in theatre space

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Apple Event 2021: what we've had recently

14 September 2021 Apple Event

Apple announced the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro, plus a redesign of the iPad mini, and update to the cheapest iPad model. The Apple Watch Series 7 also got a subtle redesign with a larger screen.

7 June 2021 WWDC Apple Event

Apple announced updates to the software for all of its products (from Mac to AirPods to iPhone to HomePod) at this event. It also discussed iCloud+, and new plan that includes cloud storage as well as innovative new privacy features for your Apple devices.

20 April 2021 Apple Event

This jam-packed Apple event included the long-awaited AirTags, the iPad Pro (2021) with Apple M1 chip, the 24-inch iMac also with the M1, the new Apple TV 4K (2021), and a fetching new purple hue for the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini.

10 November 2020 Apple Event

At this event, Apple launched the first products made with its own Apple M1 processor: the MacBook Air (M1, 2020), the MacBook Pro 13-inch (M1, 2020) and Mac Mini (M1, 2020). It also revealed the release date of the latest macOS version.

13 October 2020 Apple Event

Lucky for many, this event included the launch of the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro models, as well as the HomePod mini. As mentioned above, it was unusual for the iPhone to revealed in October, and we don't expect this to repeat.

15 September 2020 Apple Event

This event was big on Apple Watch, with the Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch SE both appearing for the first time. The new-look iPad Air (2020) was also unveiled.

Matthew Bolton
Matthew Bolton

Matt is T3's master of all things audiovisual, running our TV, speakers and headphones coverage. He also handles smart home products and large appliances, as well as our toys and games articles. He's the only one on the team who can explain both what Dolby Vision IQ is and why the Lego you're building doesn't fit together the way the instructions say, so is truly invaluable.

Matt has worked for tech publications for over 10 years, in print and online, including running T3's print magazine and launching its most recent redesign. He's also contributed to a huge number of tech and gaming titles over the years. Say hello if you see him roaming the halls at CES, IFA or Toy Fair.