Apple’s iPhone 5s release is still ahead of us, but the rumors are already talking about a possible Apple event in the middle of October where we could see the iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 as well as new MacBook Pro units and new iMacs.
This isn’t the first rumor of an Apple event in October, but it is one of the first to put a specific date on Apple’s next event which could come with a collection of new products.
Nearly three-fourths of Apple’s current lineup is due for a refresh, we’ve cautioned users to avoid buying a MacBook Pro until the new MacBook Pro models arrive, and now it is time to start re-thinking any immediate plans to buy an iPad or an iMac.
Apple already confirmed that the Mac Pro release date is set for Fall 2013, and we know the OS X Mavericks release date is expected at almost the same time.
The latest rumor from MacGeneration claims Apple will hold a special event on October 15th to usher in the new iPads as well as to share news about new Intel Haswell powered notebooks and desktops.
MacGeneration is the source of several Apple leaks in the past, but this is the first time we recall the publication pointing to a specific date for an Apple event.
The site claims that the iMac stock is low in physical store, despite a 24 hour shipping time on Apple’s website, which could tip supply constraints ahead of Apple announcing a new iMac.
iPad 5 & iPad mini 2
We expect an Apple event for the iPad later this year, and October makes sense to see an iPad 5 announced and to find out if Apple is really going to deliver an iPad mini 2 with Retina Display this year.
Conflicting rumors suggest Apple could be preparing an iPad mini with the higher resolution Retina Display for this fall, or for early 2014. Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst with KGI Securities who nailed many of the iPhone 5s details predicts an iPad mini 2 with Retina Display this year, though earlier reports suggest it may not arrive until November, even if it is announced in October.
New MacBook Pro Models
The report also indicates we could see the new MacBook Pro at the event. Apple often combines MacBook updates with other announcements including the new MacBook Air at WWDC 2013 in June. The new MacBook Pro would reportedly use a Haswell processor that could dramatically increase battery life.
We could also see the new MacBook Pro Retina with Thunderbolt 2, better integrated graphics and possibly even a slight design refresh.
Also expected is a new iMac release. Apple announced the new slimmer iMac design last year in October, though the actual devices were in very short supply all the way into 2013.
The new iMac with Haswell could deliver better processing power and Thunderbolt 2 connectivity. It might also come with support for a rumored 4k Apple display.
New Mac Pro
In what seems to be an endless parade of products, Apple is also planning a new Mac Pro release for Fall 2013. Apple is already advertising the Mac Pro in theaters and showed off the device at WWDC 2013 in June.
The new Mac Pro is a smaller device with faster memory and new flash storage as well as dual GPUs standard. The new Mac Pro price is going to be high, but it is not a machine for the average user and it’s been a long time since a proper update.
OS X Mavericks
If Apple announces the new iMac and new MacBook Pro models with Haswell processors at an October 15th event, we also expect tot see OS X Mavericks arrive at the same time.
OS X Mavericks brings a new Finder with tabs and tags, iBooks and Apple Maps for Macs, better support for multiple monitors and smart technologies that can enhance battery life. The OS X Mavericks release date is rumored for late October.