The second Fall Apple Event has been confirmed: The Apple Special Event will be held at the Howard Gilman Opera House on 30 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, New York, on October 30th, 2018 starting at 10 AM EST. We expect to see new iPad Pro models, updated Mac mini, cheaper MacBook, and an updated iMac. But, we may see more as well.
Press woke up this morning to an email from Apple inviting them to a Special Event at the Howard Gilman Opera House. The invite had the tagline, “There’s more in the making.” Here’s an official press invite from Nilay Patel, editor-in-chief of The Verge:
Furthermore, Apple also sent out unique press invites, with different Apple logos that may signify something. If you want to see the individual logos, click here. But, here are the different logos together:
The contents of the event have been long rumored, and very much long awaited. Here’s everything we expect to be unveiled in Brooklyn on October 30th, and what you should expect to see.
iPad Pro X
It has been long rumored, and heavily leaked that we will see a nearly bezel-less iPad Pro X, or whatever Apple decides to name it.
The iPad Pro X will have design cues from the iPhone X, Xs, and Xs Max, with the nearly edge-to-edge display, and Face ID replacing Touch ID. The Face ID and TrueDepth Camera will be able to unlock horizontally as well. Sadly, this will be the first iPad without a Home Button, and possibly without a headphone jack.
Rumors say that the iPad Pro X will not have the not-so-loved notch from the iPhone X models. The reason being is that there is enough clearance at the top of the iPad Pro X that Apple will not have to put a notch on the device. With the new camera system, Apple is expected to bring the TrueDepth Camera to iPad.
The iPad Pro X will be the most powerful iPad to date. According to a 9to5Mac report earlier this month, the new iPad Pro X will have a beefed-up A12X chip, codenamed ‘Vortex’. According to 9to5Mac, the official part number is T8027. The current A12 Bionic chip found in the iPhone Xs and Xs Max is a 64-bit chip with two high-performance ‘Vortex’ cores clocked at 2.49 GHz and four high-efficiency “Tempest” cores. In the past, the X chip usually beefs up those numbers, but we will have to wait until the official event.
As for the display, the iPad Pro X is expected to have a near edge-to-edge Retina display that will retain the same ProMotion display in the last Pro model. Because the bezels have shrunk, many rumors point to the smaller iPad Pro X being larger than before, going from 10.5′ inches to 11.9′ inches in a smaller form factor. The larger 12.9′ inch model is expected to stay the same, just in a smaller form-factor.
We expect the new iPad Pro X to feature HDR compatibility, updated ProMotion technology, TrueTone, and hopefully a higher resolution “Super Retina Display” kind of thing.
Another rumor is that Apple is ditching the Lightning Port for a USB-C port on the iPad Pro X. This is due to the iPad Pro X being so powerful that it is able to output 4K HDR to a 4K HDR-enabled display.
A DigiTimes report also says that iPad Pro X will ship with a larger 18W USB-C charger to speed up charging times.
Mac mini and MacBook
We have already covered our thoughts on what to expect with the Mac mini and cheaper MacBook. You can read that article here.
Updated iMac Models
Being that this event is also a Mac event, we expect Apple to update their iMac line with some much-requested hardware changes.
For clarification, I do not expect Apple to introduce a redesigned iMac just yet, and we may be a few years away from the happening, so, this is just purely from a hardware update standpoint.
When Apple introduced the updated iMac last year, Intel had come out with the new 8th generation Coffee Lake processors, making the 7th Generation Kabby-Lake iMac a year behind the rest of the competition. This year, we expect Apple to bring the new 8th Generation chipset to iMac.
I believe the largest Mac update will come with a Mac mini and cheaper MacBook with Retina display.
AirPods and Apple Music
It has been long-rumored since last year that Apple had been working on a successor to the completely wireless AirPods that were released back in 2016. The new AirPods are said to feature ‘Hey, Siri’ support, improved sound, and a new W3 chip from the Series 4 Apple Watch for better connectivity.
Although, Apple did not say whether they will use the event to unveil the second-generation Apple AirPods, or maybe their rumored new line of premium headphones, but, because the event venue is at an Opera House, I have some speculations.
The new AirPods were teased by none other than Apple itself in the recent September Special Event during its opening movie. She said, “Hey, Siri, what’s the fastest way to Steve Jobs Theater?” without touching her iPhone.
I expect this to be an event filled to the brim with hardware updates and unveilings. I cannot wait for the event, and I look forward to releasing more articles as the event unfolds.