After its September event focused on the new iPhone and Apple Watch models, Apple is holding another event in October focused on the new iPad and Mac models, and this year will likely be no exception. There are still three weeks to October, but we already have important information about the products that will be announced at next month’s event.
Rumors for the October event are that Apple plans to announce new iPad Pro models with M2 processors, a redesigned 10th-generation entry-level iPad, and at least a few more Macs powered by M2-series processors, including the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro, Mac mini. and/or Mac Pro .
iPad Pro with M2 Processor
According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, Apple plans to launch new iPad Pro models with M2 processors and MagSafe wireless charging support in October. Both the 11-inch and 12.9-inch models of the iPad Pro are expected to be updated, but the 11-inch model is no longer expected to feature a mini-LED display.
According to Japanese blogger Mac Otakara, the next iPad Pro models will have a similar case design as current models, but will feature “four-pin connectors” on the top and bottom edges. The purpose of these connectors and whether they will 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 such as the M1 processor, Thunderbolt port, 5G support for cellular models, a mini LED display on the 12.9-inch model, and an upgraded 12MP front camera.
10th Gen iPad
Apple is expected to launch a redesigned entry-level iPad in October with a larger 10.5-inch display, USB-C port, and a flat-edge chassis with protruding rear camera. Other rumors include the A14 Bionic processor and 5G support for cellular models.
While the 10th-gen iPad is expected to feature a Touch ID home button, rumors suggest that the device will no longer feature a headphone jack.
A dubious report from Mac Otakara claims that the 10th-gen iPad will feature a Touch ID power button on the top edge of the case, just like the latest iPad Air and iPad mini models. The report also claimed that the FaceTime camera could be placed on the right bezel of the device for landscape use.
In September 2021, Apple launched the 9th generation iPad with key features such as a 10.2-inch display, A13 Bionic processor, an upgraded 12MP front camera with Center Stage support, True Tone, and double the base storage.
More Macs with M2 Processors
In late August, Gurman said that Apple is working on Mac mini, MacBook Pro and Mac Pro models with M2 processors, adding that “in about two months from now we will see at least one pair of these devices.” However, it is possible that some of these Macs will be announced later in the year or next year.
Mac mini with M2 and M2 Pro Processors
Apple released the Mac mini with the M1 processor in November 2020. Nearly two years later, a new version of the Mac mini with the M2 processor is on the horizon, according to Gurman.
Apple still sells a higher-priced Mac mini with an Intel processor, but Gurman said it will be replaced by a model with an M2 Pro processor.
MacBook Pro with M2 Pro and M2 Max Processors
According to Gurman, Apple’s next-generation 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models with M2 Pro and M2 Max processors are “in development and testing” and are scheduled for release “this fall.” As always in recent years, Gurman said the time frame could be pulled back due to supply chain disruptions or other factors.
While some reports suggest that the M2 Pro and M2 Max processors may be Apple’s first 3nm processors, it seems increasingly likely that the processors will remain 5nm. The processors will still have modest performance improvements over the M1 Pro and M1 Max processors, and increases in GPU core counts and combined memory (RAM) are also likely.
Mac Pro with M2 Ultra and M2 Extreme Processors
After announcing the Mac Studio at its March 2022 event, Apple said the Apple silicon version of the Mac Pro would arrive later.
In 2020, Apple said it would take about two years to complete the transition from Intel processors to Apple silicon processors in the Mac lineup, so the new Mac Pro is expected to be announced by the end of 2022.
According to Gurman, the new Mac Pro will be equipped with “M2 Ultra” and “M2 Extreme” processors. It’s possible that the new Mac Pro will be smaller due to the switch to Apple silicon, but it’s unclear whether the desktop will have a significant design change compared to the current Intel-based model released in December 2019.
The new Mac Pro will be the fastest Mac ever, surpassing the Mac Studio with the M1 Ultra processor.
Apple TV with A14 Processor?
According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple plans to launch a new Apple TV with an “improved cost structure” in the second half of 2022, but it is unclear whether the device will be announced during the October event or at some other time.
According to Gurman, a new Apple TV with an A14 processor and 4GB of RAM is in development, but it’s unclear whether this model is the same as the one Kuo is talking about. Either way, internal upgrades will result in faster performance compared to the current Apple TV 4K equipped with an A12 processor and 3GB of RAM.
iPadOS 16 and macOS Ventura Release Dates
Apple said that iPadOS 16 and macOS Ventura will be released in October, with exact release dates likely to be announced at the event.