Apple October 30 event confirmed: iPad Pro likely the focus

Chris Davies - Oct 18, 2018, 11:38am CDT
Apple October 30 event confirmed: iPad Pro likely the focus

Apple’s next big event is on October 30, with the company confirming today that it will show us its latest wares in Brooklyn, New York. The event is expected to feature new iPad Pro models, though all Apple is saying for now is the tagline for the day is “There’s more in the making.”

Still, iPad Pro is top of the list of our expectations. There, Apple is likely to borrow heavily from the design language of the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, slimming the bezels of the tablets considerably. Face ID has also been predicted to come to the tablets, using the TrueDepth camera array that will feature across Apple’s 2018 iPhone line-up.

Other changes are likely to include a faster processor and potentially more memory, as Apple further positions the iPad Pro as a legitimate laptop alternative. Meanwhile, new Apple Pencil functionality – and possibly new accessories – seems possible.

All the same, the iPad Pro isn’t believed to be the sole star of the show at the end of the month. Updates to the Mac range have also been the subject of widespread whispers over the past few months. Most conspicuous is probably the replacement for the MacBook Air.

That’s been the topic of discussion for a considerable length of time, with various strategies suggested. What seems most likely is that Apple will make a 13-inch version of the 12-inch MacBook, slimming the Air’s bezels and – finally – adding a Retina display panel.

On the desktop side, the Mac mini is long overdue an update. Indeed, checking out the ports on the back of the compact bring-your-own-display computer suggests Apple could well revamp the whole thing with a totally new design. At the very least, USB Type-C and Thunderbolt 3 are likely to make an appearance.

Then there are the other ranges. Apple’s second-generation AirPods are believed to be in the pipeline, including a wirelessly charged case. On that subject, Apple AirPower has also failed to materialize so far in 2018 as Apple promised it would. The wireless charging pad could slip in just before the holiday season.

We’ll know for sure in the morning of October 30, with the event taking place at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York City at 10am.

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