We're just a couple of hours away from Microsoft's Surface event in NY, and it's been quite a long time since the company held one.
As spotted by Twitter user WalkingCat, Microsoft is holding an event in Auckland, New Zealand on October 16 with a description that says that Surface is going "back to black" - which is also the name of the event itself. This event begins at 4PM Eastern Time on Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018.
Microsoft's next-generation Surface Pro and Surface Laptop are both expected to be announced tomorrow, but the size of the update may disappoint those who were hoping for more than a minor refresh. Indian Express, citing a Vietnamese website which uploaded an unboxing video of the soon-to-be-launched Surface Pro 6, reported the leak. Both systems reportedly retain the same port configurations: 1x USB-A 3.0 port, microSD card reader, mini-Display Port, and the proprietary Surface Connect port for the Surface Pro, with just a USB-A port, mini-DisplayPort, and Surface Connect for the Surface Laptop.
The 2018 version of the Surface Laptop will likely appear with hardware very similar to its predecessor, much like Surface Pro. We're expecting upgraded version of the Surface and Surface Laptop, among other things.
Both of those devices are tipped to ship in black colors, as seen in those leaked images mentioned. Earlier this year, ZDNet reporter Mary Jo Foley shared that Microsoft could be working on a Surface-branded headset, and Windows Central also heard something about a smart speaker.More news: Theresa May: A general election isn't in the national interest
Since then, Microsoft abandoned that color scheme and made the platinum finish the "signature color" for Surface.
The lack of ports is something you're either willing to live with or not, but the ongoing lack of USB-C support is just laziness at this point.
It is likely that the Surface Laptop 2 will also look identical to the Surface Laptop, which was announced previous year. The Surface Laptop 2 comes in black so long as you get a version with at least Intel Core i5 and 256GB SSD.
Microsoft already had a black Surface years ago, but for the past five years it only offered silver models.