With the September event already “Far Out” in sight, rumors already indicate that Apple is preparing an October event. This time the company will focus on the new iPads, Macs and their upcoming operating systems: iPadOS 16 and macOS Ventura. Here’s what we know so far.
It’s been a while 9to5Mac began reporting that Apple is working on the new iPad Pro and 10th generation iPad. Not only that, but the company is also readying a handful of new Macs for a 2022 release. Bloombergis Mark Gurman in his Power on the newsletter also offered some hints about what he expects Apple to introduce soon.
Apple introduces new iPad Pro at its October event
In this August newsletter, Gurman says he “would expect a refreshed iPad Pro with an M2 processor,” which 9to5Mac sources can independently confirm. With two versions, the 11-inch iPad Pro with LCD screen and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro with miniLED technology, Apple plans to bring the MagSafe connection to these tablets.
In addition, a better battery life with new accessories may also be on the way with this product. Just as the iPhone 14 will be the star of the Apple September event, all eyes are on the new iPad Pro at this rumored October event.
The 10th generation iPad will have its biggest update in a decade
Apple has been working on more significant upgrades for its cheaper iPad. Information viewed by 9to5Mac reveals that the new 10th generation iPad (codenamed J272) will have a USB-C port instead of Lightning. This means that Apple is finally planning to bring USB-C to the entire iPad lineup.
With USB-C, entry-level iPad users will also be able to easily connect it to more modern external displays such as Apple’s Studio Display. We’ve also heard from our sources that the new entry-level iPad will have a Retina display with the same resolution as the iPad Air display. We can expect a small screen increase to 10.5 inches or even 10.9 inches. However, more modern display specifications such as a wide color gamut with DCI-P3 and higher brightness will remain exclusive to the more expensive iPads.
Gurman also confirms with 9to5Mac and says that this tablet will have the A14 Bionic chip. Additionally, an event in October could be the perfect time for Apple to introduce this tablet.
New M2 Macs coming at Apple October Event
In his newsletter, Gurman writes:
Apple has been working on M2-based versions of the Mac mini, Mac Pro, and MacBook Pro, so I think we’ll probably see at least a couple of those machines two months from now.
Rumors about these computers are not new. Apple has already announced that it is working on a new Mac Pro. In accordance Bloombergnext-generation 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros may be announced in fall 2022 and spring 2023 with M2 Pro and M2 Max processors.
Last but not least, a second-generation Apple silicon Mac mini is expected for at least a year now. Since Apple recently introduced the Mac Studio, it’s unclear what kind of processor a new Mac mini would have — just the M2 or a more powerful variant.
Apple Mixed Reality Headset
Rumors about the Apple Mixed Reality Headset have increased over the past year. During Apple’s October event, the company revived Steve Jobs’ “One More Thing” catchphrase to tease the company’s upcoming Mixed Reality headset.
Rumors currently expect it to be unveiled as soon as late this year and start selling in 2023. The Apple October event could be the perfect time for the company to reveal to the public that it is entering a new market.
iPadOS 16 and macOS Ventura release date
While iOS 16, watchOS 9 and tvOS 16 will be released on September 12, the company has planned the availability of iPadOS 16 and macOS Ventura for all users in October, most likely after this rumored event.
iPadOS 16 and macOS Ventura share many features in common, the most important of which is Stage Manager. With this feature you can:
- Resizable windows: Resize your windows to make them the perfect size for your task;
- Center app: Focus on the app you’re working on without going full screen;
- Quick access to windows and apps: The windows of the apps you’re working in appear prominently in the center, and other apps are arranged on the left in order of recent use;
- Overlapping windows: Create overlapping windows of different sizes in a single view, giving you control to arrange your ideal workspace;
- Group apps together: Drag and drop windows from the side or open apps from the Dock to create app sets that you can always return to.
When is Apple holding its October event?
Currently, details are unclear about when Apple will hold its October event. 9to5Mac will be sure to update this article as we get closer to the event or as we hear more about what Apple may introduce at this keynote.
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