For the customers who weren’t satisfied by the three new iPhones and a brand-new Apple Watch, Apple is hosting yet-another hardware event on October 30th. The keynote is set to take place in New York at 10am ET/1pm PT in New York City at the Brooklyn Academy of Music Howard Gilman Opera House, rather than the company’s Cupertino, California Steve Jobs Theatre venue. Apple is expected to unveil its 2018 iPad Pro lineup alongside a refreshed new MacBook. With Apple already unveiling its 2018 iPhone lineup in September, the October 30th event from Apple is going to be all about its iPad and MacBook lineup. The MacBook Pro lineup is not going to be refreshed at the event since Apple has already updated it earlier this year with Intel’s Coffee Lake chips and faster internals.
Expected products from the event:
Firstly, a new iPad Pro that has minimized bezels and face ID authentication. Secondly, we could get an updated Mac Mini and possibly even a new version of the iPad Mini. Finally, Apple’s AirPower charging pad and the often-roumoured 2nd-Gen version of its wireless Bluetooth AirPods.
iPad pro is expected to feature with minimized bezels. After the style update in iPhone X, many are expecting to see a similar design update in the new iPad Pro. It is rumoured to ditch the Touch ID and adapt the new Face ID which came along the new iPhone. Rumors claim that Face ID will work in any orientation, so it’ll work on the iPad Pro even when docked with a keyboard. A new Apple Pencil might be introduced alongside the iPad Pro as well.
Extended battery life and a more efficient charging method are likely upgrades. Finally, Apple is tipped to ditch its proprietary Lighting port for USB-C when it comes to the 2018 iPad Pro. This will allow the iPad Pro to connect to an external display, according to reports. Apple seems to have settled on 12.9-inch and 10.5-inch panels as the optimum size for the iPad Pro, so we’d expect a pair of new models retaining those specs. However, it might be time for Apple to boost that resolution a little bit.
iPad Pro: Price
The iPad Pro currently has a 265 pixels per inch with 2224 x 1668 (10.5-inch) and 2732 x 2048 (12.9-inch). The iPad Pro 10.5in (2017) starts at £619 in the UK for the 64GB with Wi-Fi model, while the 12.9in model starts at £769. (In the US the prices are $649/$799.) We would expect Apple to pitch its 2018 updates at around the same point.
However, if the design has been radically improved it is possible that the new iPad Pro could cost more than previously – as was the case when Apple introduced the (heavily redesigned) iPhone X in 2017, with the price coming in at over £1,000/$1,000.
Apple laptop users have been asking for a new MacBook Air for years. The MacBook Air is the oldest model of the MacBook currently sold by Apple. New MacBook Air is rumored to tackle lot of the common issues with the current model, and would come with
- Retina displays
- Modern USB-C ports
- Eighth-generation Intel processor
Bezels would likely be slimmed down, and a larger display could be present as a result. Regarding price, it’s likely the Air will start at somewhere in the $1,300 to $1,400 CAD range, given that it will be position as the entry-level device in Apple’s laptop lineup. Rumours of an updated MacBook Air have appeared many times over the last few months. The Air’s staying power is clearly strong, it’s suffering from a loss of identity as the smallest and thinnest MacBook since regular MacBooks have gone on a serious diet. The design looks outdated for a 2018 laptop, the fifth-generation i5 is old, and the display is not great.
Recent iPad-related rumors have largely focused on the iPad Pro. But it looks like the iPad Mini could be heading for a refresh too. Apple has plans to release a new 5th-generation iPad Mini. The new iPad Mini is expected to feature an improved processor, a lower cost display panel and possibly a subtly updated design. However, it’s possible that the new iPad Mini may not arrive at this particular event. If new iPad Mini is being worked on, it would make sense to launch it alongside the iPad Pro.
The last new version of the Mac Mini was released back in 2014. Apple’s pint-sized Mac Mini desktop computer hasn’t been updated for years. The new Mac Mini will reportedly feature
- Intel’s 8th-generation processor
- modern ports which, of course, will include USB-C
- a shift to faster SSD storage.
The device is not going to get any redesign whatsoever, with the changes limited to faster and more modern internals. Nonetheless, this should also be good enough for most users as the Mac mini in its current iteration is awfully outdated and of no use. The iMac lineup is also expected to see an internal refresh to Intel’s Coffee Lake processors which pack more grunt along with faster storage and more RAM.
Apple’s Bluetooth-powered wireless AirPods are one of the best products the company has released in recent memory. The AirPods may not feature the best sound quality. But they’re the only Bluetooth headphones that operate flawlessly when it comes to connecting to devices. Apple is working on an updated version to cash in on the success of the originals. There are a variety of rumours circulating about the new AirPods, including noise-cancelling and water resistance. But one feature the new version of the earbuds will almost certainly get is wireless charging. Apple revealed the earbuds’ new wireless charging case last year. Integrated ‘Hey Siri’ functionality is also rumoured to be coming to the AirPods 2. Another claim holds Apple is working on getting some form of biometric functionality into its earphones, possibly a heart-rate sensor.
Apple first revealed its AirPower charger last year when the company showed off the iPhone X’s wireless charging feature. Despite the issues Apple may have run into, it’s entirely possible the company could still launch the charger. The AirPower is reportedly still on the way through according to reports. Rumours indicate that the AirPower will reportedly either launch before the end of 2018 or in first quarter of 2019.