Apple has recently announced that it will be hosting a keynote address on Thursday, October 16th at the Town Hall auditorium on its Infinite Loop campus in Cupertino, CA. Invitations to select members of the media and special guests indicate that the event will, as always, begin at 10 AM Pacific time/1 PM Eastern Time.
As the second Apple event this fall, the Cupertino-giant will likely use its smaller, home court stage to debut updates to its iPad and Mac lines…
We’re expecting new versions of the iPad Air and the iPad mini. The new Air will be slightly thinner, but come with a more efficient (and slightly snappier) A8 processor, new M8 chip from the iPhone 6, Touch ID, enhanced camera features, a new and improved screen design, and, of course, a gold colour option. It’s likely that the new Mini will pick up some (if not all) of the Air’s new features.
On the Mac side as well, Apple is expected to release a good deal of updates, both hardware and software. Apple has been working hard to finish up the redesigned OS X Yosemite alongside new laptops and desktops with higher-resolution screens. It seems that Yosemite will be released for free on the Mac App Store on the day of the event, following patterns of previous years. In terms of hardware, sources say that Apple is preparing both a new Retina iMac and a 12-inch Retina MacBook. The latest news points to, at least, the MacBook being short on supply, so perhaps the MacBook discussion will be saved for a later date.
Another potential hardware update on the Mac side would be the Mac mini which was last update just under two years ago in October 2012. The new Mac mini would likely use Intel’s older Haswell processors and forego the more advanced Broadwell lineup coming next year. Shipping with slightly outdated specs would likely help Apple keep the price point below $1,000.