What to expect from an Apple event in October: iPad Pro, M2 Macs and more

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

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

iPad Pro with M2 chip

Apple plans to release new iPad Pro models in October with the M2 chip and MagSafe wireless charging support Bloomberg‘s Mark 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 have a mini-LED display.

iPad Pro Orange feature

The next iPad Pro models will have a similar chassis design to the current models, but with “four-pin connectors” on the top and bottom, according to the Japanese blog Mac Otakara. The purpose of these connectors and whether they would 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 the M1 chip, a Thunderbolt port, 5G support for mobile models, a mini LED display on the 12.9-inch model, and an improved 12-megapixel front camera with support for Apple’s Center Stage feature, which keeps you within the frame in video apps like FaceTime.

10th generation iPad

Apple is expected to unveil a redesigned entry-level iPad in October with a larger 10.5-inch screen, USB-C port, and a flat-edged chassis with a camera bump on the back. Other rumors include an A14 Bionic chip and 5G support for mobile models.

10th Generation iPad MySmartPrice Render

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

A questionable report from Mac Otakara claimed that the 10th-generation iPad will actually have a Touch ID power button on the top edge of the chassis, like the latest iPad Air and iPad mini models. The report also claimed that the FaceTime camera could be placed in the right edge of the device for landscape use.

Apple released the 9th-generation iPad in September 2021, with key features including a 10.2-inch screen, an A13 Bionic chip, an improved 12-megapixel front camera with support for the Center Stage function, True Tone and Double Storage on the Base. 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’ll “probably see at least a few of those machines in two months,” which is in line with October. However, some of these Macs may be announced later in the year or next year.

Mac mini with M2 and M2 Pro chips

Apple released the Mac mini with an M1 chip as one of the first three Apple silicone Macs in November 2020. Almost two years later, according to Gurman, a new version of the Mac mini with an M2 chip is on the horizon.

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Apple still sells a more expensive Mac mini configuration with Intel processors, but Gurman said it will be followed by a model with an M2 Pro chip.

MacBook Pro with M2 Pro and M2 Max chips

Apple’s next-generation 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models with M2 Pro and M2 Max chips are “well in development and testing” and scheduled for release “as early as this fall,” Gurman said. As has been common practice in recent years, Gurman said the time frame could be delayed due to supply chain disruptions or other factors.

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While some reports have suggested that the M2 Pro and M2 Max chips could be Apple’s first 3nm chips, it seems increasingly likely that the chips will remain 5nm. The chips are still said to have modest performance gains over the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips, and an increase in the number of GPU cores and unified memory (RAM) is also likely.

Mac Pro with M2 Ultra and “M2 Extreme” chips

After announcing the Mac Studio at the March 2022 event, Apple teased that an Apple silicone version of the Mac Pro tower would be coming later.

Mac Pro Tower Inside

In 2020, Apple said the transition from Intel processors to Apple silicone chips for the entire Mac lineup would take about two years before the new Mac Pro would be announced in late 2022.

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

The new Mac Pro would be the fastest Mac ever, surpassing the 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 whether the device would be announced at the October event or at another time. become.

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According to Gurman, a new Apple TV with an A14 chip and 4GB of RAM is in development, but it’s unclear if this model is the same as what Kuo was referring to. Regardless, the internal upgrades would result in faster performance compared to the current Apple TV 4K, which is equipped with an A12 chip and 3GB of RAM.

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

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