16.10.2019

Apple Event on October 30th: New iPad Pro, MacBook Air and Mac Mini Could Be Announced

We’ve been seeing rumors for months about the new iPad Pro and especially the successors to the MacBook Air, and we’ll soon be able to confirm whether those rumors were true. Apple has issued media invites for an October 30 event in New York with the tagline “There’s more in the making”. The company is expected to announce the new iPad Pro, which could be based on a processor more powerful than the Apple A12 Bionic used on the new iPhone XR, XS and XS Max. This new tablet would have both 10.5 and a 12.9 inches models with slim bezels and Face ID. The rumors suggest the new iPad Pro will ditch the Lighting connector and replace it with a USB-C port.

Apple Event on October 30th: New iPad Pro, MacBook Air and Mac Mini Could Be Announced

Even more promising is that theoretical successor to MacBook Air (not necessarily called this way) that has been talked about for months. In August Bloomberg pointed out that this machine would have a Retina display whose size is not entirely clear: while DigiTimes talked about a 13-inch screen, Ming-Chi Kuo, analyst at TF International Securities, spoke of a replacement for the current MacBook that would therefore have a 12-inch screen. There is no info around its CPU/GPU, but the recent launch of 8th Gen U-Series and Y-Series processors makes guessing a fun exercise.

The other important announcement of the event could be the Mac mini, which has not been updated since 2014. Rumor has it that this model might see a new version based on Intel Core U-Series processors, something that could impact the final size of the device. There could be surprises on other models, and in fact in his research note for investors Kuo included details for several Mac updates. These included chip upgrades for the MacBook, MacBook Pro, and an iMac with “significant display-performance updates”.

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