Apple typically hosts a second event in October to introduce new iPad and Mac models after its September event, and this year is most likely to be no exception. There are still three weeks before October, but we already have a fair notion of the things that will probably be revealed at a gathering then.
Rumors claim that Apple may unveil new iPad Pro versions with the M2 processor, a redesign of the 10th-generation entry-level iPad, and at least a couple additional Macs with the M2 family of chips. The 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro, the Mac mini, and/or the Mac Pro are probable contenders. So, let’s have a closer look at the products that are expected in the upcoming October Apple event.
10th Gen iPad
A new entry-level iPad from Apple featuring a larger 10.5-inch display, a USB-C connector, and a flat-edged chassis with a rear camera bump is anticipated to be unveiled in October. Other speculated features include an A14 Bionic chip and 5G support for cellular models.
While a Touch ID home button is anticipated to remain on the 10th-generation iPad, there may no longer be a headphone jack. The 10th-generation iPad, according to a dubious report from Mac Otakara, will indeed have a Touch ID power button on the top edge of the chassis, just like the most recent iPad Air and iPad mini models. The FaceTime camera could, according to the source, be placed in the device’s right bezel for landscape viewing.
According to Mark Gurman of Bloomberg, Apple intends to introduce new iPad Pro versions with the M2 processor and support for MagSafe wireless charging in October. The iPad Pro is anticipated to receive updates for both the 12.9-inch and 11-inch models; however the 11-inch device is still not anticipated to include a mini-LED display.
iPad Pro M2:
According to Mark Gurman of Bloomberg, new iPad Pro versions including the M2 processor and MagSafe wireless charging functionality will be released by Apple in October. Apple is rumoured to update both the 12.9-inch and 11-inch iPad Pro models, but the smaller tablet is not likely to get a mini-LED screen.
The next generation of iPad Pros, as reported by Japanese site Mac Otakara, would have a chassis design similar to the present generation, but with “four-pin connectors” on the top and bottom borders. It’s not obvious what these connectors are for or if they’d be used to replace the iPad Pro’s current three-pin Smart Connector.
The M1 chip, Thunderbolt port, 5G support for cellular models, mini-LED display on the 12.9-inch model, and an upgraded 12-megapixel front camera with support for Apple’s Center Stage feature, which helps keep you within the frame in video apps like FaceTime, were all added in the iPad Pro’s most recent April 2021 update.
Many More Products at the event…
At the end of August, Gurman stated that Apple had been developing M2-based Mac mini, MacBook Pro, and Mac Pro models, and that we were “likely to see at least a pair of those devices roughly two months from now,” which would place their release in October. There is still hope that Apple may unveil some of these Macs later this year or early next year.
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts that Apple will also release a new Apple TV with a “better cost structure” in the second half of 2022, though it is unclear if this will be disclosed during the October event or at a later date.
While Gurman claims that a new Apple TV is in the works with an A14 CPU and 4GB of RAM, it is not clear whether or not this is the same device that Kuo mentioned. The internal changes would make the next Apple TV 4K more powerful than the current model, which has an A12 CPU and 3GB of RAM.
These are the expected products during the forthcoming October Apple event. We should wait for the official announcement from the firm in the upcoming days.