Just more than a month after Apple’s September 10th event, Tim Cook will hit the stage in San Francisco Tuesday to unveil a new round of iPads, desktop computers and iPods.
The highly-anticipated and long overdue Mac Pro update Apple gave us a taste of at WWDC is expected to get a release date and a price along with 10 more articles about how it looks like a trash can. (Via TechRadar)
The new generation of iPads is rumored to sport Apple’s most powerful processor in an iOS 7 device to date - the A7X. The full size iPads might also come in a 256GB model, doubling the device’s previous maximum capacity of 128GB. (Via Apple Insider)
Touch ID - Apple’s fingerprint sensing technology - might also make its way from the iPhone 5s to the new iPad and iPad Mini, but some are skeptical due to reported supply shortages. (Via SlashGear)
The Wall Street Journal says the iPad announcement is critical as tablets are becoming a bigger slice of Apple’s business, and iPad sales fell year-over-year for the first time this Spring.
“Tablets are now Apple's second-biggest source of revenue after the iPhone, bringing in nearly $26 billion in the nine months ended June 30. But Apple sold fewer iPads in the three months ended in June than the same period a year earlier, the first time that had happened since the device appeared in 2010.”
Hardware will only be half of the announcement, though.
Apple is also expected to release the newest version of its operating system, OS X Mavericks. Like its predecessor, Mountain Lion, Mavericks will cost $20 and be available through the Mac App Store. (Via OSX Daily)
The new operating system will support desktop versions of iBooks and Maps in addition to a number of performance improvements and energy-saving technologies. (Via Apple)
Apple might also update the icons for its iWork and iLife applications following the event. CNET reports an information page on Apple’s website displayed an updated design for the icons in Apple’s iLife and iWork suites “along with a note that Apple’s making Garageband for iOS free.”
The information appeared on Apple’s website Sunday but has since been removed. The change in price would make sense because Garageband remains the only member of the iLife family not available for free on newly-activated iOS devices. However, Apple would still generate revenue from Garageband through in-app purchases. (Via Mac Rumors)
Other updates Apple might reveal at Tuesday’s event include a refreshed Apple TV, new 4K Thunderbolt Display for use with the updated Mac Pro and an upgraded line of MacBook Pros that utilize Intel’s Haswell processors. (Via AllThingsD)
Sadly, there is no indication Apple will announce the ability to link two iPads together for use as a hoverboard during the event.
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