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If there’s one thing we’ve learned over the past year, it’s that when it comes to the march of progress and moving forward, Apple and CEO Tim Cook are savage AF. Having already ditched the earphone jack on the iPhone 7, rumors now suggest that the regular USB port will be next to meet the Cupertino company’s scythe.

The retiring of the earphone jack was correctly predicted by Japanese tech site Macotakarawho now paints a similarly bleak outlook for the traditional USB port. One rumor suggests that while the traditional USB ports could be removed, Apple might keep one or more USB Type-C ports — which are used to charge most new Android phones. Although still unconfirmed, it’s not likely that Apple would be using anything with “USB” in its name ever again if it did decide to remove the ports. Apple users with USB accessories would either have to upgrade their hardware or use a proxy adapter similar to the iPhone 7’s lightning dock.

The 11-inch MacBook Air, meanwhile, could be ditched altogether as the tech giant instead focuses its attention on the 13-inch laptop model.

In the same piece, Macotakara also slated a late October date for the unveiling of the MacBook Pro, which will come in two 13.3 inch and 15.4 inch models. E-ink keyboards are another exciting new development which could feature in the 2018 MacBook Pro, according to a fresh rumor, dynamically changing characters that appear on the keys. This means you could switch seamlessly between different alphabet configurations and even emojis.

An OLED (organic light-emitting diode, or a lighting panel) physical touch bar above the keyboard is another rumored feature, and would negate the need for physical function keys and allow users further freedom to customize.

Be sure to keep up to date with these pages for more information on the October keynote date as we have it.

Staying with Apple, they’ve just confirmed that the new Apple Watch Nike+ will be released at the end of the month.

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