Apple has posted invitations to its 22nd October event at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco.
The media event, which starts art 10am PT (6PM in the UK) is expected to see the Cupertino company announce new iPads and the public launch of OS X Mavericks.
iPad 5 and iPad mini 2
If the rumours are to be believed, Apple is expected to announce two new iPads at its October event – a redesigned iPad 5 and the second-generation iPad mini. Both devices are expected to sport Apple’s new A7X chip (with its 64-bit architecture), but it’s the individual upgrades to each model that are likely to be the most significant.
The iPad 5 is expected to receive a significant design overhaul, with a narrow bezel and new casing that looks similar to that of the iPad mini. The device will therefore be thinner and lighter, with battery life likely remaining the same as the previous model.
The iPad mini 2 specs are a little more contested, with conflicting reports as to whether or not it will receive a Retina display upgrade. Right now, though, the consensus seems to be that this rings true. With the device’s rumoured new A7X chip giving the new iPad mini enough power to drive the pixel-rich display it should maintain its impressive battery life.
OS X Mavericks
OS 10.9 Mavericks, Apple’s latest operating system for the Mac, has been in the works for some time now and the company is expected to use the event to reveal final details as well as a public release date. With the Golden Master of the new OS already with developers, Mavericks’s launch is expected to be imminent, so we wouldn’t be surprised if it hits the Mac App Store in the following week.
As well as new apps in the form of iBooks and Maps, Mavericks brings with it some subtle interface changes that remove some of the heavier skeuomorphic elements from the OS as well as some updates to some of its older features including Notification Center, tabs in Finder and Finder Tags (effectively a rebranding of Labels, which have been around for some time).
MacBook Pros, Mac Pro and more
Some of the more wildcard suggestions for announcements at next Tuesday’s event include new MacBook Pros, the much-touted Mac Pro and a possible Apple TV update.
Both the iMac and MacBook Air lines have received updates to Intel’s new Haswell processors already (Apple is also rumoured to be working on an entirely new MacBook model), so it only makes sense for the MacBook Pro to follow suit. Why Apple would use valuable presentation time to announce what is a fairly minor update, though, remains to be seen. If they do announce new MacBook Pros, we’ll be looking out for any other significant changes.
Apple’s new Mac Pro was announced back at WWDC in June, featuring a radically redesigned form factor and some seriously impressive specs, but the launch date has remained pretty vague. The top-end Mac, which will be manufactured in the USA, may well be shown off in more detail at Tuesday’s event, possibly with some more information on new features and a more solid launch date.