What to Expect From Apple’s Event in October: iPad Pro, M2 Mac, and More

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What to Expect From Apple's Event in October: iPad Pro, M2 Mac, and More

After a September event focused on new iPhone and Apple Watch models, Apple often holds other events in October focused on new iPad and Mac models, and this year is likely no exception. October is still three weeks away, but we already have a good idea of ​​a product that is likely to be announced at an event next month.

For the October event, rumors suggest that Apple is planning to announce a new iPad Pro model with an M2 chip, a redesigned 10th-generation entry-level iPad, and at least a few more Macs powered by the M2 series chip, with potential candidates including the MacBook Pro 14. inch and 16 inch, Mac mini, and/or Mac Pro.

iPad Pro With M2 Chip

Apple plans to release a new iPad Pro model with an M2 chip and MagSafe wireless charging support in October, according to BloombergMark Gurman. Both the 11-inch and 12.9-inch models of the iPad Pro are expected to be updated, but the 11-inch model is still not expected to feature a mini-LED display.

Features of iPad Pro Orange

The next iPad Pro model will feature a chassis design similar to the current model, but with “four-pin connectors” on the top and bottom edges, according to a Japanese blog. Mac Otakara. The purpose of these connectors and whether they will replace the existing three-pin Smart Connector on the iPad Pro is unclear.

Apple last updated the iPad Pro in April 2021, with new features including an M1 chip, a Thunderbolt port, 5G support for cellular models, a mini-LED display on the 12.9-inch model, and an upgraded 12-megapixel front camera with support for the Center feature. Apple’s Stage, which helps you stay in the frame in video apps like FaceTime.

iPad 10th Generation

Apple is expected to launch a redesigned entry-level iPad in October with a larger 10.5-inch display, USB-C port, and a flat-edged chassis with a bulging rear camera. Other rumored features include the A14 Bionic chip and 5G support for the cellular model.

10th Generation MySmartPrice iPad renders

While the 10th generation iPad is expected to retain the Touch ID home button, rumors suggest that the device will no longer have a headphone jack.

Doubtful reports from Mac Otakara claims that the 10th generation iPad will actually feature a Touch ID power button on the top edge of the chassis, just like the latest iPad Air and iPad mini models. The report also claims that the FaceTime camera can be positioned on the right bezel of the device for landscape use.

Apple is releasing the 9th generation iPad in September 2021, with key features including a 10.2-inch display, A13 Bionic chip, an upgraded 12-megapixel front camera with Center Stage support, True Tone, and dual base storage. In the US, the 10.2-inch iPad starts at $329 with 64GB of storage.

More Macs With M2 Chips

In late August, Gurman said Apple had been working on M2-based Mac mini, MacBook Pro, and Mac Pro models, adding that we’re “likely to see at least a pair of those machines about two months from now,” which lined up with October. However, it is possible that some of these Macs could be announced later in the year or next year.

Mac mini With M2 and M2 Pro Chip

Apple released the Mac mini with the M1 chip as one of Apple’s first three silicon Macs in November 2020. Nearly two years later, a new version of the Mac mini with the M2 chip is coming soon, according to Gurman.

m2 mac mini screen features

Apple still sells higher-priced Mac mini configurations with Intel processors, but Gurman says it will be replaced by models with M2 Pro chips.

MacBook Pro With M2 Pro and M2 Max Chip

Apple’s next-generation 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models with M2 Pro and M2 Max chips are “under development and testing,” and are planned for release “as early as this fall,” according to Gurman. As usual in recent years, Gurman said the timeframe could be delayed due to supply chain disruptions or other factors.

14 vs 16 inch mbp m2 pro and 1 max features

While some reports suggest that the M2 Pro and M2 Max chips may be Apple’s first 3nm chips, it appears that they will remain 5nm. The chip will still have modest performance gains over the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips, and an increase in the number of GPU cores and integrated memory (RAM) is also possible.

Mac Pro With M2 Ultra and “M2 Extreme” Chip

After announcing Mac Studio at its March 2022 event, Apple teased that Apple’s silicon version of the Mac Pro tower would come later.

Mac Pro tower inside

Back in 2020, Apple said the transition from Intel processors to Apple silicon chips across the Mac lineup would take about two years to complete, so the new Mac Pro was expected to be announced by the end of 2022.

The new Mac Pro will be equipped with “M2 Ultra” and “M2 Extreme” chips, according to Gurman. It’s possible the new Mac Pro will be smaller due to the switch to Apple’s silicon, but it’s unclear if the desktop computer will have any major design changes compared to the current Intel-based model released in December 2019.

The new Mac Pro will be the fastest Mac ever, surpassing Mac Studio with the M1 Ultra chip.

Apple TV With A14 Chip?

Apple plans to launch a new Apple TV with an “improved cost structure” in the second half of 2022, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, but it’s unclear if the device will be announced during the October event or at some other time.

apple tv blue 4k design

A new Apple TV is in development with an A14 chip and 4GB of RAM, according to Gurman, but it’s not clear if this is the same model Kuo was referring to. Either way, the internal upgrade will result in faster performance compared to the current Apple TV 4K, which comes with an A12 chip and 3GB of RAM.

Released in April 2021, the Apple TV 4K currently starts at $179 with 32GB of storage, while the Apple TV HD remains available for $149. In comparison, there are plenty of streaming sticks from brands like Chromecast and Roku available for between $25 and $100.

iPadOS 16 and macOS Ventura Release Date

Apple says iPadOS 16 and macOS Ventura will be released in October, and the exact release date will likely be announced at the event.

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