What to Expect From Apple’s Fall iPad Event (Spoiler: New iPads!)
So what can we expect to see Apple unveil at Yerba Buena Center come Tuesday?
The obvious, really. As we’ve previously reported, the event will focus on the fifth-generation iPad and the second-generation iPad mini. Sources said the former will feature a thinner, lighter design akin to the iPad mini’s, and an improved camera. It will run Apple’s new 64-bit A7 chip. As I noted earlier this month, the new iPad mini will be outfitted with a retina display. It, too, is likely to see the A7 incorporated into its innards, as Apple shifts its mobile device lineup to 64-bit (more on the short and long term benefits of that here).
Also expected on Tuesday, the announcement of a street date for OS X Mavericks — which is scheduled to launch before the end of the month — and for the new cylindrical Mac Pro, as well. I’m told both will be given stage time. A potential wildcard here: A new display to pair with the Pro. Apple hasn’t fielded a new monitor since introducing the Thunderbolt LED display in 2011. Its latest Mac Pro has enough horsepower to drive three 4K displays simultaneously, and it’s hard to imagine the company debuting it without a new monitor that can take at least some advantage of that.
Finally, I’m told we’re likely to see a slate of new MacBook Pros upgraded with Intel’s latest Haswell processors. Apple brought Haswell to its MacBook Airs earlier this year, giving them a nice boost in battery life and graphics. It has been expected to do the same for its professional laptops ever since. Tuesday may well bring with it the announcement of that move.
Beyond that, it’s tough to say. Haswell Mac minis are certainly a possibility. Once the MacBook Pro makes the leap to the chip, the mini will be the Mac without it. Also possibly on tap for release, iWork for iCloud (from beta) and iLife, whose newly redesigned icons slipped out onto the Web last week.
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