Apple’s October 30th event is about to roll into town and you’d think predictions and speculations would finally take a break but that’s so not the case.
Ming-Chi Kuo, a supply chain analyst for TF International Securities has revealed some promising predictions for the event. The prediction that stood out the most was the possibility of a new Apple iPad mini.
Other product unveiling predictions for the event by Ming-Chi Kuo include:
- Two new USB-C equipped iPad Pro updates with better displays
- A “new-design” Apple Pencil for the updated iPad Pro hardware
- At least three new Macs including a “low-price” MacBook and updated Mac mini and iMac processors
iPad Mini 5
According to Kuo’s predictions a new version of the iPad mini with “an upgraded processor and a lower-cost panel” is a strong possibility for next week’s event. Or perhaps even late 2018 or early 2019. Either ways we could finally get the fifth-generation iPad mini.
Kuo’s predictions however don’t include the expected price of the iPad mini.
The analyst is confident that two new iPad Pro models that are equipped with USB-C, improved displays, and an Apple Pencil 2 with upgraded features will be making a debut at the event.
He was short on further details regarding the iPad Pro but earlier reports indicated that the devices will ditch the home button in favor of Face ID. The bigger tablets will combine Apple’s TrueDepth camera system in its bezel instead of carrying over the “notch” aesthetic which was introduced with iPhone X.
The new tablets will apparently be supporting 4K HDR output to TVs and external monitors over an integrated USB-C port. A new panel in the Settings menu will provide control over brightness, resolution and HDR options, the report says. Previous rumors have also suggested that Apple intends to replace Lightning with USB-C as it aims to support higher bandwidth applications.
Reliable sources also confirmed this year’s model identifiers as “iPad8,1,” “iPad8,2,” “iPad8,5” and “iPad8,6” for Wi-Fi only and “iPad8,1,” “iPad8,4,” “iPad8,7” and “iPad8,8” for cellular-enabled versions. There could possibly be two different screen-sizes available for the display, with a Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi +
At Apple’s event, we can count on seeing several Mac updates with upgraded processors and other internal improvements according to Kuo. Also expect updates to the MacBook, iMac, and Mac mini.
AirPower and AirPods
Kuo also has a prediction for a possible launch of new AirPods and the AirPower but isn’t so sure about the company’s releasing dates for them.
What we gathered from previous speculations about the airpods was:
AirPods 2 design
Apple’s EarPods have retained the same classic white for years now, and the AirPods followed the same design. However, after seeing the Apple watch come in a wide range of colors, we can maybe expect to see the same for the upcoming AirPods.
AirPods 2 features
A Bloomberg report suggested that the second-gen 2018 AirPods will be equipped with an upgraded wireless chip and allow the user to summon Siri just by saying ‘Hey Siri’, other feature details have been scarce.
Apple is a pioneer when it comes to biometric sensors, implementing a bunch of health and security features like a heart-rate monitor, Face ID and Touch ID into their Apple Watch and the iPhone, so this one should be no exception.
Automated audio pass-through
The AirPods cancel external noise when listening to music, but enable it to pass through when it detects that you’re running. This proved to be more efficient than existing methods of noise cancellation, which normally involve mixing in an ambient sound from the external microphones.
A speaker hybrid
Apple patented this in 2011, but it was only implemented back in February 2017. The patent explains how headphones can be converted into speakers by activating special sensors that can detect when the headphones are placed at a particularly specific angle. However, it is unlikely to be seen since the AirPods are so small.
Apple will be live streaming the event on October 30th and we’ll soon see how these predictions work out.