Mark Gurman, reporting for Bloomberg, has shared new details on Apple’s upcoming fall product launches.
Apple sent out invites to the press this morning for its special event, slated for next Wednesday, September 7th. While Apple traditionally shares new iPhones at their September event, a new Apple Watch with built-in GPS and improved heath features is set to debut as well, note sources.
Also, unnamed sources say new iPad features are coming soon too, geared towards professionals.
Apple Inc. is developing new features for the iPad to cater to professional users, along with new Mac laptops and desktops, according to people familiar with the matter.
New features include software upgrades for Apple Pencil and more hardware upgrades (such as faster performing displays), set to debut next year. Additional features coming could include the ability to draw objects across iOS as a whole, instead of just being limited to individual apps.
As for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro? That is set to debut next year with a larger 10.5-inch display, as noted by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
As for a highly anticipated Mac refresh, sources say Apple will unveil new version of the iMac, MacBook Air, thinner MacBook Pro, plus a new 5K external monitor, made by LG, all to come in “late” 2016, possibly “as soon as October”, say sources.
The MacBook Air may include USB-C, while iMacs could have the option for an upgraded graphics card from AMD.
The thinner MacBook Pro, with its rumoured touch bar, will allow for quicker shortcuts when using apps; the said feature is known internally as the “Dynamic Function Row”, claim unnamed sources. These new features will require macOS Sierra, on track to be unveiled at the end of September (similar to Barbra Streisand’s prediction).
Apple’s keynotes are usually limited to two hours max, and they stick to their timelines. Having iPhone and Apple Watch debut at the same event makes sense—considering they both still require each other to work, as a cellular version of the wearable isn’t slated until next year or beyond.
John Gruber notes any new Mac announcements may come at a smaller-scale private media briefings later in October—this is most likely the case. Whatever the case, just #takemymoney.