Apple has an event scheduled for tomorrow at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. It begins at 10:00 AM PT/1:00 PM ET. New iPads are definite and new Macs probable. Here’s what’s coming:
The full size iPad will receive an update, losing most of the side bezels and becoming ever-so-slightly shorter than the fourth generation iPad. Numerous reports claim the camera will be upgraded with the same technology used in the iPhone 5s. The addition of Touch ID has also been rumored, but KGI Securities Analyst Ming Chi-Kuo denies these claims, citing supply constraints seen with the iPhone 5s. It will likely come in Silver and the new Space Gray, Gold being a possibility- overall, the fifth generation iPad’s design will largely be based on the iPad mini’s. The processor will be an upgraded A7- the A7X, with improved power and 64-bit architecture.
The second generation iPad mini’s key feature is expected to be a Retina Display. As a result, the 7.9-inch tablet is expected to gain a few millimeters of thickness to account for a larger battery to power the high resolution display. Some reports claim a new Gold option will be added to gain parity with the iPhone 5s.
Updates to Apple’s website and changes to icons in Settings suggest that redesigned versions of the iWork and iLife suites will be announced at Tuesday’s event, and GarageBand is expected to be added to the list of apps available for free with iOS 7 along with the purchase of a new iOS device. In-app purchases for extra instruments and sounds will also be available.
Other reports have suggested that Apple will refresh the iPod line at the event, and an updated Apple TV is also expected, though not the major change that many have been waiting for, nor a stand-alone set. Apple’s last surprise could also be the announcement of a larger-screened iPad, with sizes of 11″ or 13″- compared to the current 9.7″ iPad. Analysis of Apple’s event invitation yields little in terms of hidden knowledge; one could attribute the colors and blurb about ‘a lot to cover’ to new smart covers for the iPad/iPad mini, though Apple is normally fond of colors on its press invites. Updates to the Retina Macbook Pro to add Intel’s Haswell processors are also expected, while availability of the new Mac Pro that was announced at WWDC is also expected to be announced. The launch date of OS X 10.9 Mavericks is a definite, as the GM (Golden Master) seed has been distributed to developers.