Apple’s 22 October event: what can you expect?

Macworld Australia Staff
22 October, 2013
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The ever-growing spring list of new Apple products is set to continue tomorrow morning, when Apple holds its second media event in as many months.

While Apple chose to host the September iPhone launch at home in Cupertino, the 4am AEST event tomorrow will return to San Francisco and the Yerba Buena Centre for the Arts.

The company sent out invitations to the event last Wednesday, with the tagline “We still have a lot to cover”, and quickly drew comparisons to the ‘fall’ – the current season in the northern hemisphere.

Considering it’s the second Apple event in two months, speculation is rife that Apple will revamp a number of its devices. The most popular belief is that the full-sized iPad will receive a smaller bezel and conform to the shape of the current iPad mini. The iPad mini itself may also get an update, with a Retina display and new camera.

The Mac Pro and OS X Mavericks, which were both unveiled at WWDC, are also expected to be released to the public.

 

i-padFull-size iPad

All indicators suggest that the newest full-size iPad, the fifth-generation of the tablet, will be thinner and lighter, and feature an improved, eight-megapixel camera. Like the iPhone 5s, it is expected to run the new 64-bit A7 chip, although whether or not it will also feature the Touch ID fingerprint sensor is still up in the air.

What do the bloggers think? Read below.

Apple to unveil an iPad keyboard case? 

Full-size iPad to feature Touch ID?

iPad 5 could come in the same colours as the iPhone 5s

Patent indicates iPad to feature anti-reflective displays

iPad to show off thinner bezel

Translucent Apple logo to lighten the back of the iPad

 

iPad mini

Despite persistant rumours that the second-generation iPad mini will receive a Retina display, many analysts and bloggers still believe Apple will avoid upgrading the tablet’s display because of battery life issues. Whether it arrives with a Retina display or not, there is every chance it will come in the new Space Gray. Gold colour? We aren’t so sure.

Catch up on the latest iPad mini news and rumours below:

Retina display to boost iPad mini size?

Retina display limits iPad mini production 

The next iPad mini: you want Retina with that?

Hopes and dreams for the next iPad mini

Will we see a gold-coloured iPad mini?

 

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MacBook Pro

Apple hasn’t updated its MacBook Pro lineup in over 12 months and it is time for the company to show off new Haswell-equipped laptops. Apple may decide to end its non-Retina laptop range, forcing customers to the optical drive-free devices, or it may announce updates to both ranges. Fingers crossed it is the latter, but we aren’t too confident.

What are people saying? Read below:

Where are the Macs? Will all be revealed on 22 October? 

Haswell-based MacBook Pros on the way? 

 

OS X Mavericks

Announcing OS X Mavericks at WWDC, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed the operating system is scheduled to arrive in the ‘fall’ (spring in the southern hemisphere). With limited time remaining in the season, and the very likely chance that this will be Apple’s last event this year, tomorrow morning seems the logical time to show off OS X 10.9. The appearance of the Gold Master over the past fortnight only makes us more certain.

Read the latest below:

Developers asked to submit apps for Mavericks

Apple seeds ‘gold master’ of OS X Mavericks to devs

Get your Mac ready for Mavericks (OS X 10.9)

 

Mac Pro

Following a similar timeline to OS X Mavericks, the long-awaited, redesigned Mac Pro is set to arrive shortly. Whether Cook and his executive team will take the crowd through a Mac Pro refresh or simply state the most powerful Mac will be available for pre-order this week, will depend on how much the team has to cover at the event. Being a workhorse Mac, Apple probably isn’t expecting it to be a Christmas best-seller and may not rush it out, but we are pretty confident it will make an appearance in some manner tomorrow.

Rumours on the Mac Pro have been non-existent since WWDC, but we do have a series of benchmarks for the new Mac. Have a look at them here.

 

Of course, Macworld Australia will be on hand with live coverage of every move Tim Cook makes, though we’ll try to hold off on reporting every breath he takes. Tune in tomorrow morning at 4am AEST to get the latest.

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