What to Expect From Apple's October Mac Event

James Marshall
October 29, 2018

The new Apple Pencil might also use the W1 wireless chip for easier pairing, and possibly even feature magnetic connectivity so that it can be attached and stored on the side of the new iPad Pros.

The update to the iPad Pro will be the most significant in the product's history. Since it's USB-C, there's a chance that it could also support fast charging via a compatible USB-C PD power adapter.

The iPad's external look will be redesigned as well. The technology giant, which last month unveiled updated iPhones and smartwatches, is scheduled on Tuesday to take over the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York City, where it is expected to show off new members in its iPad and Mac product lines. The new iPads will also come with a Face ID scanner. It says that the upcoming tablets will have more squared-off sides. It's from Bloomberg and serves mostly to summarize all details that have surfaced so far for the 2018 iPad Pro refresh. They also just started selling an Apple Watch charging cable with USB-C on the other end rather than USB-A, so it makes sense.

On the Mac front, Bloomberg and others have reported that major overhauls are coming for both the MacBook and the Mac mini. But according to Ming-Chi Kuo, next week might see the arrival of the iPad Mini 5, featuring an upgraded processor, but a lower cost LCD panel used for the display which could help reduce its price tag. The low-priced replacement, which may or may not keep the "Air" designation (it could also be a cheaper addition to the 30cm MacBook line) will include a screen that's roughly 33cm in size, but with thinner bezels around the display to reduce the laptop's overall footprint. Apple Insider cites both Consomac and MySmartPrice as having spotted Eurasian regulatory filings that hint strongly at three new desktops and one new MacBook.

For the Mac, Apple is planning its first wide-ranging upgrades since June 2017. This, combined with interest in larger smartphones and competing PCs, led Apple to report the fewest Mac sales since 2010 in its fiscal third quarter.

The new entry-level laptop will replace the MacBook Air, which Steve Jobs originally pulled out of a manila envelope a decade ago.

Here's how you can follow the event as it happens on Tuesday. It will have a higher-resolution 13-inch screen, as well as slimmer bezels around the display.

The Mac Mini has not been updated in 4 years, it's still just ancient.

Apple's also working on refreshed iMacs, iMac Pros, and 12-inch MacBooks with faster processors, and at least some of these updates could be ready for the October launch.

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