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

After its September event focusing on new iPhone and Apple Watch models, Apple often throws another event in October focusing on new iPad and Mac models, and this year will likely be no exception. We still have three weeks to go until October, but we already have a good idea of ​​what products are likely to be announced at an event next month.

For 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 chip series, with potential candidates. including the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro, Mac mini and / or Mac Pro.

iPad Pro with M2 chip

Apple plans to release new iPad Pro models with the M2 chip and MagSafe wireless charging support in October, according to Bloombergis Mark Gurman. Both the 11-inch and 12.9-inch models of the iPad Pro should be upgraded, but the 11-inch model shouldn’t feature a mini-LED display yet.

Orange iPad Pro functionality

The next iPad Pro models will feature a similar chassis design to the current models, but with “four-pin connectors” on the top and bottom edges, 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 cellular models, a mini-LED display on the 12.9-inch model, and a upgraded 12-megapixel front camera with support for Apple’s Center Stage feature, which helps you stay 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 display, USB-C port, and flat-edged chassis with a rear camera protrusion. Other rumored features include an A14 Bionic chip and 5G support for cellular models.

MySmartPrice render for 10th generation iPad

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

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

Apple released the 9th generation iPad in September 2021, with key features including a 10.2-inch display, an A13 Bionic chip, an upgraded 12-megapixel front camera with support for Center Stage, True Tone and the double the base memory. 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 was working on M2-based Mac mini, MacBook Pro, and Mac Pro models, adding that “we’ll probably see at least a couple of those machines in about two months,” which aligns with October. However, it is possible that some of these Macs may be announced later this year or next year.

Mac mini with M2 and M2 Pro chips

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

M2 mac mini screen function

Apple still sells a more expensive Mac mini configuration with Intel processors, but Gurman said it will be replaced 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 “in development and testing” and are slated for release “as early as this fall,” according to Gurman. As usual in recent years, Gurman said times may be postponed due to supply chain disruptions or other factors.

14 vs 16 inch mbp m2 pro and maximum functionality 1

While some reports suggest that the M2 Pro and M2 Max chips may be Apple’s first 3nm chips, it seems increasingly likely that the chips will remain at 5nm. The chips would still have modest performance improvements over the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips, and increases in GPU core count and unified memory (RAM) are also likely.

Mac Pro with M2 Ultra and “M2 Extreme” chips.

After announcing the Mac Studio at its 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 silicon chips across the Mac lineup would take around two years to complete, so the new Mac Pro is expected to be announced by the end of 2022.

The new Mac Pro will be equipped with “M2 Ultra” and “M2 Extreme” chips, according to Gurman. It is possible that the new Mac Pro is smaller due to the move to Apple silicon, but it is unclear whether the desktop computer will feature substantial design changes from the current Intel-based model released in December 2019.

The new Mac Pro would be the fastest Mac ever, outperforming 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 is unclear whether the device will be announced at the October event or another. moment.

Apple tv 4k blue design

A new Apple TV is in development with an A14 chip and 4GB of RAM, according to Gurman, but it’s unclear if this model is the same model that Kuo was referring to. In any case, the internal updates would lead to faster performance than the current Apple TV 4K, which is equipped with an A12 chip and 3GB of RAM.

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

IPadOS 16 and macOS Ventura release dates

Apple says iPadOS 16 and macOS Ventura will be released in October and exact release dates will likely be announced at the event.


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