IN DEPTH: Apple iPad event: what to expect on October 16
By Matt Swider
iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 and OS X Yosemite
It hasn’t been way too long since the last Apple Live event, but the company has scheduled another press conference on October 16 with the teaser “It’s been way too long.”
But that mysterious “It’s been way too long” conference tagline makes us think that either a new Apple TV or iPod Nano 6G will be the next “One more thing” to follow last month’s Apple Watch surprise.
Before Apple’s live stream begins and our live blog kicks off on Thursday, here are the top predictions for event.
iPad Air 2
The iPad Air 2 rumors point to a familiar tablet with a 9.7-inch screen, but one may bump the resolution up to a Retina HD-quality 3072 x 2304 and 396ppi.
It would be three times the resolution of the original iPad and two times the resolution of the previous iPad Air, which had already-reasonable specs of 2048 x 1536 and 264ppi and was our pick for the best tablet.
iPad Air 2 predictions also indicate that the Touch ID fingerprint sensor takes over the home button duties and there’ll be a gold color option. iPad is finally catching up to the old iPhone 5S.
On the inside, Apple’s new tablet is actually tipped to surpass the iPhone 6 specs thanks to a speedier A8X processor and healthier 2GB of RAM. These powerful components could be used to support the unused iOS 8 beta code that hinted at true split-screen multitasking.
There’s a chance other features may be axed. iPad Air 2 leaks show new volume buttons, but the design lacks the familiar mute button. Also, Apple could drop the 32GB model, replace the 64GB version at the same price, exactly like it did with the iPhone 6.
iPad mini 3
There may be even fewer changes with the new iPad mini in 2014. That’s okay. We’re already satisfied with the smaller 7.9-inch iPad mini 2 for the most part.
It’ll sport the same Retina 2048 x 1536 resolution that made its debut last year and be upgraded with a Touch ID fingerprint sensor and gold color option, according to the latest rumors.
Expect the guts to include an Apple A8 processor like the iPhone 6, but not the A8X chip of its bigger brother, and an 8-megapixel rear camera, up from the previous 5MP iSight camera.
There’ll be just 2.4 inches between Apple’s tiniest tablet and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, so expect the iPad mini 3 price to remain low.
OS X 10.10 Yosemite
There’s little doubt that OS X 10.10 Yosemite is on its way to your Mac, and the free update is likely to be available to download right away or the next day.
That’s good news because we’ve been toying with the Yosemite beta for several weeks and really appreciate all of the iOS 8 integration. It completes the iPhone and iPad experience.
Handoff has let us pick up apps like email on the computer where we left off on the phone and Messages now relays calls and texts from iDevices. It’s more than flat redesign for Macs.
iMac with Retina, Apple TV and iPod Touch?
iMac with Retina display
Apple’s October 14 event may finally be the time and the place. Leaks have suggested it’ll be a 27-inch display that’s boasts a 5K resolution.
The Yosemite beta even includes references to 6400 x 3600, 5760 x 3240 and 4096 x 2304 resolutions. Not found in the code? The cost. You can, however, expect a Retina iMac price hike to be in the cards.
MacBooks and Mac Mini
The Mac Mini is overdue for an update. Like the aging iMac, it hasn’t seen a specs bump in two years. Is it too much to ask for a Mac Pro price drop to mark its one-year anniversary too?
Apple TV proves that even the most reliable rumor sources can be wrong, as a new Apple TV was supposed to launch almost a year ago.
We haven’t heard much about it or the fabled Apple iTV in recent months, but the company’s “It’s been way too long” invite has us thinking about a fourth-generation Apple TV again.
It’s been more than a hobby box now ever since Tim Cook revealed over 20 million Apple TV sales. He could add to that big score with the first refresh since March 2012’s 1080p update.
iPod Touch 6G
That said, the colorful iPod Touch 5th generation is now two years old and features dated specs, with a 4-inch Retina screen and 5-megapixel camera.
Without solid iPod Touch 6G leaks leading up to the October 16 event, the chances remain slim for one of Apple’s longest-running and cheapest iDevices overdue for an update.
All eyes on Apple October 16
A mixture of iPads and Macs are almost guaranteed every October. Whether or not that “way too long” reference applies to either product category remains to be seen.
Apple starts its live stream at 10 AM Pacific, 1 AM Eastern and 6 PM London time and we’ll be traveling to follow the events in real-time through our live blog.