It is expected that Apple will be holding an event this October to announce updates to iPad Pros, MacBooks, AirPods and other products. There have been a lot of rumors and reports on these products since a while. Here’s our round-up of everything you should expect from Apple’s October event.
2018 iPad Pro
2018 iPad Pro will be getting the biggest upgrade since the original iPad Pro. In addition to a variety of screen size (10.5 to 12.9 inches), the iPad Pro will have a unibody design complemented by thin bezels. USB Type-C is also rumored to replace Lightning as the only port on the new tablets. This will help in achieving the rumored 18W charging in the new iPad Pro.
In addition, the new iPad Pro will ditch the home button and replace it with a TrueDepth camera hidden in the bezel, making FaceID the primary mode of unlocking the device. Because there would no be a home button, iPhone X like navigation gestures will be used on the new devices.
In terms of performance, an A12X is likely to power the new iPad Pros. Apple had skipped A11X for iPad Pro, and this likely be the first time that iPads use a processor which is not only the same generation as the latest iPhones, but faster too.
A second generation Apple Pencil will also be part of the announcements as it will be updated to have lesser latency and probably a updated USB-C port to work with the new iPads.
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo shared a report on low-priced MacBooks which would replace the current 12″ MacBook and aging MacBook Air. It was speculated that these models would ship with Touch ID replacing the touch bar. There have also been rumors of a fresh range of Intel processors to power these machines.
The new MacBooks are also expected to have smaller bezels and use updated Retina Displays, possibly with support for TrueTone. Let’s hope that Apple adds support for HDR too.
It has been 2 years since AirPods were launched. Second generation AirPods are expected to be announced this month, with noise cancellation, hands-free ‘Hey Siri’ support, improved battery life, better sound quality and Bluetooth 5.0 support. Of course, wireless charging is perhaps the most awaited feature for the new AirPods, which should make them work with the much-awaited AirPower wireless charging base station.
AirPower has been up on Apple’s website since last year with no official announcement on the release date. Who wouldn’t be enticed with the long awaited promise of being able to charge your Apple Watch, iPhone and AirPods with the help of an all-in-one wireless charging pad? Apple still has the image present on their AirPods page so let’s see what October brings.
Kuo still predicts that AirPower will launch late 2018 or early 2019.
20 Years of iMac & A New Mac Pro?
The iconic Apple desktop is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2018. So fans are speculating the release of a special anniversary edition iMac. It likely might not happen as there have been no leaks or rumors but there is a possibility. It is also believed that the iMac will recieve a significant overhaul in its display with True Tone display and inner components, and perhaps have a reduced price.
Apple registered 3 new desktop Mac models and one new laptop with the ECC only days before the October 30th Event. The new filing shows the presence of ‘Apple personal computers running MacOS 10.14’ with model numbers A1993, A2115 and A2116. In addition, there is also a ‘Portable personal computer running MacOS 10.14.’ with model numbers A1466, A1534, A1708, A1932, and A1990.
Perhaps one of these registered devices could be the new Mac Pro which Apple talked about earlier this year. Let’s hope we get to see the new iMac and the Mac Pro with new bells and whistles.
As per rumors, Mac Mini will be updated to with ‘pro’ features to attract a pro audience. Considering that it was used by both professionals and home users and has not received any updates since 4 years, Apple would have to add a lot of features to make it a worthy purchase. We are also living in an era where Intel PCs are available in the same size and form factor as the fourth generation Apple TV.
A curious listing surfaced in July this year Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) that details a potential Mac Mini. Apple would, of course, have to upgrade the internal mechanics of the device to fit in newer Intel processors, DDR4 RAM, SSD Drive, USB-C and ThunderBolt 3 ports, and make it into a new form factor to capture the market at a cost-effective price.
iPad Mini 5
Recent rumors have introduced the prospect of an iPad Mini 5. The series last made an appearance in 2015 and has since been absent. Kuo recently stated that there is an iPad Mini successor in the pipeline. The new version will have an upgraded processor and a better panel.
He further adds that it is not certain whether it will launch alongside the iPad Pro or will it have an independent release later this year or early next year. Apple could also add a True Depth camera for Face ID on the device.