Apple’s annual iPad event is just around the corner and there is a fair bit of anxiety about whether the event will be just about the new iPads or if Apple will make other announcements as well. Here are my hopes and expectations for the event –
I am expecting Apple to update both the models in its iPad lineup – including the ultra-thin iPad Air and the iPad Mini. The major new feature would have to be TouchID if you ask me. I am guessing that if Apple does add TouchID to the iPads, they might just bring NFC compatibility as well. I am also expecting the new iPads to be significantly faster than their predecessors. It is safe to assume that the new iPads will run on the A8 chip, and I am fairly confident that Apple will bump up the RAM to 2GB.
In terms of cosmetics, I am expecting the new iPads to have the same form-factor as their predecessors. That being said, expect a “gold” variant of the iPad Air.
OS X Yosemite & New Macs
Apple first demoed OS X Mavericks during WWDC, and had stated that they would be releasing it in October. I am guessing that they will do a quick recap of whats new in OS X Mavericks, and announce that they will release it the same day(23rd Oct).
I am also expecting Apple to partially revamp its Mac lineup by introducing updated models of the – Mac Mini and the iMac. According to multiple reports, the new iMacs are expected to ship with a high-resolution 4k Retina Display.
I am expecting Apple to update the Mac Mini – their smallest and cheapest desktop computer. I am expecting the new models to be upgraded with more storage and the latest Intel processors.
When Apple unveiled Apple Pay during the keynote last month, the company had promised that the platform would launch in the US in the month of October. I am expecting that Apple will announce Apple Pay going live at hundreds of stores around the country on Thursday.
What Not to Expect
I wouldn’t keep my hopes high for the iPad Pro, any sort of new product in the “television” segment, or a 12inch Retina Macbook Air just as yet.