Multiple sources have commented on the official date for Apple’s iPad event, although nothing is certain, the ring seems to be around October 15 or somewhere in the middle of October.
This date would make sense for Apple, the company has been pushing all new products out before the end of November and pre-orders normally end at the start of November. This gives a good holiday season for Apple to reap in customers.
Apple is set to launch two new iPads this year, the iPad 5 and the iPad Mini with retina display. We do not believe Apple will want to start numbering the iPad Mini and the retina display upgrade can keep them safe from improving the tablet this year.
We will also see the iPad 5 coming this year, set to have a new design similar to the iPad Mini. The iPad will also be thinner and lighter than the previous version, with a slight ramp up on performance.
Apple has been testing out a 12-inch tablet but we are unsure if this will come this year, considering there is already cannibalisation in the iPad market, perhaps the larger tablet will be held off for a year, to see what happens to the PC market.
iPod & MacBook Pro
iPods are still a product Apple likes to revamp every year, with the iPod Nano, Touch and Shuffle still getting different changes in design and format. We are uncertain if they will make an appearance this year, as reports say Apple is selling half as many every year.
The MacBook Pro will definitely be revamped by Apple, with the newest Haswell processor inside. The Haswell processor should give the MacBook Pro full day battery life and better graphical performance, on top of the release of OS X Mavericks.
Apple may also announce the Mac Pro release date, with the huge redesign making it 10% the size of the previous edition, it may take time before the company is capable of mass-producing this, especially with the Mac Pro being built in the US.
Lastly Apple may tease the new iWatch, set to be the first smartwatch from Apple.