Apple preview: What to expect in next week's iPad, Mac unveil

Apple preview: What to expect in next week's iPad, Mac unveil

Apple preview: What to expect in next week's iPad, Mac unveil

What are your expectations from Apple's "There's More in the Making" next week?

The invites Apple sent out to members of the press included different Apple logos, each one full of color and unique designs.

If three new iPhones and a brand new Apple Watch weren't enough for you, don't worry because Apple is hosting yet another hardware event on October 30th. This, of course, stands in stark contrast to the Apple of the 90s which was forced to downsize and keep things simple. We're also expecting Apple to introduce new features that will appeal to software developers and creative professionals, like external monitor support. My colleague Jason Perlow has his predictions for what Apple will announce on October 30, but let's take a look at some of the rumors.

The iPad Pros could finally ditch the headphone jack too, giving Apple users another reason to upgrade to AirPods. But while that event is believed to center largely around new iPad Pro tablets, it will hardly be the only one. It's now unclear what will be changed in this new Apple Pencil iteration, though extended battery life and a more efficient charging method are likely upgrades.

The screen size change, however, doesn't come at the cost of a larger device overall.

First Up: A New iPad Pro?

The smaller bezels will also translate into Apple ditching the Home button/Touch ID on its iPad Pro lineup for good. Currently, iPhone models with Face ID only work with the phone in portrait orientation. Bezels aren't as thin as the ones on Apple's latest iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, but with an iPad, you do need an area to hold onto the tablet.

A USB-C connector for charging and syncing data, the first time Apple is bringing this charging standard to its iOS devices.

Put this one in the unlikely column. Sadly, Apple will no longer be including a 3.5mm jack on its 2018 iPad Pro lineup.

Sources including Bloomberg say a new Mac Mini is also on the way next week, the first upgrade to this particular Mac computer since 2014 - "new processors and features" are promised for users, but we'll have to wait and see about the details. The laptop line is severely overdue for a refresh.

As for the desktops, it would make the most sense if there was one new 21-inch iMac, a new 27-inch iMac, and a Mac Mini. Remember, the Mac Mini in its current form looks more like an Apple TV.

The new iPad Mini is expected to feature an improved processor, a lower cost display panel and possibly a subtly updated design. The new devices could step-up the game and give Apple a bigger chunk of the ever shrinking PC and tablet market.

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 nearly certainly get is wireless charging given that Apple first revealed the earbuds' new wireless charging case past year.

According to Kuo, Apple is still working on its wireless charging pad, Air Power, that's capable of charging up to three different devices at the same time. As usual, there'll be a live stream available on the Apple website. Given the engineering difficulties that Apple is reportedly facing with the AirPower, it does seem unlikely that we will see the company unveil AirPower at its October 30th event.

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