After the new iPhones, Apple is set to reveal new hardware at an event next Tuesday, on the 30th of October. This time around, the company’s focus will be on the iPad and Mac–two of its product lines that aren’t doing as well as the iPhone.
Apple is already expected to introduce a new iPad Pro, with an edge-to-edge display like the iPhone X. The device is getting rid of the home button and thus Touch ID, replacing it with Face ID as seen on the latest iPhones. The upgrade will introduce an improved display, but more importantly: Type-C ports. The new iPad Pro will be Apple’s first step towards bringing Type-C onto the iPhone, starting off with the upcoming iPad Pro devices.
According to a new report from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (via MacRumours), the company will reportedly introduce a new, redesigned Apple Pencil at Tuesday’s event, too.
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There could be one more thing, though: a new iPad Mini. Apple is reportedly working on an upgraded iPad Mini with improved processors and a lower-cost panel. The iPad Mini is long due for a serious upgrade, and this could be it. The iPad Mini obviously needs support for Apple Pencil as well, and support for the new Apple Pencil could make it worth the purchase over the $329 iPad aimed at students.
Kuo says Apple may or may not launch the new iPad Mini at its event on Tuesday. It’s possible we will get to see the new iPad at the event, but there’s a possibility of the device launching in early 2019 instead. We shall see.
Along with the new iPad Pro and possibly the iPad Mini, Cupertino is reportedly going to launch a new low-cost MacBook, likely as an upgrade to the MacBook Air. The company is reportedly going to introduce upgrades to the iMac, Mac Mini, and the regular MacBook, too.
<p>Apple is upgrading the wrong mini.</p>
<p>The problem with this and other speculative Apple product rumors are they are almost never right or even half right. There is always much hype and then when the event happens way less substance.</p><p><br></p><p>I have serious doubts about the USB-C. Moving from the 30pin to the Lightning irked a lot people and that was not long ago. It will also be bad PR with every tech blogger on the planet saying they should have went to USB-C when they went to Lightning. Also USB-C is a thicker port and Apple does not do thicker, no matter what.</p><p><br></p><p>Mac sales have fallen the last two quarters after 5 years of going up or being flat, because of the recent Macbook Pro issues (USB-C only, removal of magsafe, utterly horrible keyboard, keyboard failing, lame touch bar, throttling because they are too thin, big price hikes, no Mac Pro, no mini update). If they do not do the right things with the Mac updates and go off on some weird tangent like ditching the magsafe adding the touchbar, combined with a price hike then this will be the end of Mac sales going up and a signal to Mac users that iOS is the only Apple game in town. I know lots of Pro Mac users that were tired of waiting and are now on the PC and happy about it after the adjustment period. They saved a ton of money as well. </p>