Apple’s October event was teased by saying “it’s been way too long”. I’m still not really sure if that was a dig at how long it’s been since the iPad was last updated, or how long it’s been since the last Apple event, but maybe there’s a third option that was only unveiled on stage at the last possible. More on this later, but for now, this is the summary of everything Apple announced.
Apple CEO Tim Cook kicked off proceedings after a promo video showing off the incredible, insane launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. After commenting on an unspecified number of iPhone 6 pre-orders in China, it was straight into a recap of Apple news we’ve already heard about previously: Apple Pay and Apple Watching headlining things here. From the first few minutes, it seemed as though the event was shaping up to be more measured and carefully-paced compared to their October event.
Of all the people to leak information about upcoming Apple products, you don’t really expect Apple to be the perpetrator. But with the release of the iOs 8.1 user guide revealing the existence of the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, Apple themselves are saying both new iPads will come with Touch ID at the very least, and few, if any, external changes. With this update being more internal than external, Ars Technica has some of the other announcements we might be able to expect early tomorrow morning.
MacRumors pegs the release of Apple’s new iPads to be October 24th, according to one of their sources which has provided them with accurate information in the past. At this point, there’s not much to do but wait until the Apple event early Friday morning to see what Apple have up their sleeve (and don’t say an Apple Watch).
In case you were wondering if China was an important market for Apple (or any other consumer electronics company), pre-orders of the iPhone 6 in the region have reached an estimated 20 million units. Half of that gigantic number comes from one retail location, one of China’s largest malls, with the split being pretty even between the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
Apple announced over the weekend they will be live-streaming their October special event, and for Australians, all the action can be caught on Friday at 4am. One can only hope the stream will be in the Queen’s English without any unnecessary jump-cuts and interruptions by truck stream schedules.
One of the things we’re expecting from the event is new iPads, including successors for both the iPad Air and iPad mini. In accordance with any new Apple product, parts for the upcoming iPad Air 2 have been leaked, showing off the Touch ID home button cable, a logic board with an A8X processor, and what appears to be a LCD and digitiser assembly.
Following Apple sending out invites for its October event yesterday, the Wall Street Journal is saying Apple are delaying production of the super-size iPad in order to deal with the demand for the iPhone 6 Plus. Hiring issues at Foxconn make it even more difficult for production to begin on a new device, one that’s rumoured to have at least 2GB of RAM.
Invites for Apple’s October event read “it’s been way too long”. According to the internet, that’s either a poke at how long it’s been since the iPad has been updated (unlikely), or how long it’s been since the last Apple event (more likely). Either way, Apple’s iPad unveil happens on October 16th (thanks to timezones, it’ll be the 17th for us Aussies), and if you’re not completely caught up on everything Apple expect to announce, 9to5Mac has you covered.
Digitimes, who have a sketchy-at-best track record at Apple rumours, claim a 13-inch iPad from Apple will run both iOS and OS X. We’re not even sure Apple will be releasing a larger tablet — and there haven’t been any part leaks like you might expect if they were — but hey, such a device has already been described by Apple CEO Tim Cook as the converging of a refrigerator and toaster.
Allegedly, pictures and illustrations of the next-generation iPad Air are on the internet, somewhere, but The Michael Report doesn’t want to reveal the sources of their detailed claims regarding Apple’s iPad Air successor. I’m pretty sure MacRumors is throwing a little shade, downplaying their claims and saying The Michael Report is aggregating previous rumours and adding very little additional information — which is kind of what MacRumors does on a near-daily basis.
We open this week’s news with Re/code’s claim Apple will hold their October event on the 16th. It’s widely expected the event will feature updates to the iPad, alongside the launch of OS X Yosemite, with the possibility of an entirely new iMac, one that comes with a Retina display. I’d also put a Mac mini refresh and possible iPod updates on the table, although we haven’t heard any rumours regarding the latter.