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What to Expect from Apple’s October 16 Special Event

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We’re less than 24 hours away from Apple’s October 16 special event, where the company is expected to announce new iPads, a higher resolution iMac and the availability of OS X Yosemite.

Here’s what we predict Apple will unveil today at its event based on recent rumours and some guesses…

iPad Air 2: Confirmed by Apple

  • A8 chip (rumoured A8X breaks regular upgrade cycle), 2GB of RAM (?), Touch ID
  • Improved front and rear cameras (expected)
  • 32GB, 64GB and 128GB storage options? 16GB needs to go
  • Price increase?

Retina iPad mini 3: Confirmed by Apple

  • A8 chip (rumoured A8X doesn’t make sense until 2015), 2GB of RAM (?), Touch ID
  • Improved front and rear cameras (expected)
  • 32GB, 64GB and 128GB storage options? 16GB needs to go
  • Price increase?

Retina 27-inch iMac

OS X Yosemite
  • Expect the public release to be made available at the end of the special event, like Mavericks last year. And expect delays and busy servers.
iOS 8.1
  • Apple is ripe to release this update as it’s already available for developers; the release could also coincide with recent rumours Apple Pay’s launch is imminent in the USA.
…and here are products you wish would launch but probably won’t 
 
12.9-inch ‘iPad Pro’
  • Not expecting this to be announced; Bloomberg says “to be introduced next year” according to sources.

Mac mini

  • Earlier this year a support document listed “Mac mini (Mid 2014)”; coupled with the fact a refresh hasn’t happened since 2012, an update is pretty much due anytime. Could we see it today? I would hope so but it probably won’t happen.

Apple TV

  • Last saw a refresh dating back to 2012, so something new is surely around the corner. Will we see it today? Unknown. But if we don’t see anything new, the current model will have to compete with Google’s new $99 Nexus player.

12-inch Retina MacBook Air

Since Apple is hosting the special event at their Cupertino campus versus a massive venue like the Flint Center, nobody is expecting anything ‘game changing’ like Apple Watch or iPhone 6 to be announced.

Did we miss anything? What do you expect will be announced today?

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  • Farids

    Still wondering, what’s been too long? Big surprise?

  • Crosseyedmofo

    a wireless ac airport express would be snazzy

  • Philippe Labat

    A new Retina Thunderbolt Display would be awesome too.

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