Apple CEO Tim Cook will take the stage later tonight at company’s campus in Cupertino, California to reveal two new iPads, among several other devices. The company is also rumored to refresh the Mac Mini lineup, as well as announce the public availability of OSX Yosemite, and iOS 8.1 – which is expected to bring support for Apple Pay. Let’s take a look at everything that is on the cards for tonight’s event.
Just last month the company launched two new iPhones and unveiled a new product line Apple Watch. The company had invited over 3,000 journalists, including several fashion bloggers and editors. Today’s event is certainly not going to be as big.
As if the rumor mills weren’t doing a remarkable job, Apple accidentally published the iOS 8 guide that contained screenshots of the new iPads — iPad Air 2, and iPad mini 3. From the photos we have also learnt that both the new iPads will come with the Touch ID sensor on the Home button. They will also include burst shooting mode for the rear camera, which suggests that iSight camera might be receiving an update as well. The iPads are also expected to have the near-field communication (NFC) chips.
Whether Apple adds Apple Pay, the mobile payment option, to the iPads is still a big question. A problem with tablets and mobile payment options is that they don’t go along so well. Because of the lack of portability, they aren’t as convenient as carrying a phone for paying for your purchases.
Overall, the leaked photos suggest that neither of the new iPads are going to offer any major design changes.
There are rumors that the iPad Air 2 will come in gold color option. While that remains to be seen, the company is also expected to botch the 32GB variant, leaving the consumers with 16GB, 64GB, and 128GB storage options. As for pricing, the iPad Air 2 is expected to have its entry level device selling at $499, while the iPad mini 3 might carry a $399 price tag.
Mac mini and Retina iMac
Now here’s a product that Apple hasn’t updated in years. The diminutive computer Mac mini could also receive a major upgrade today. It won’t be surprising to see the new Intel Core M processor inside the new models. These processors are more performance efficient, and don’t require an external fan, and are much lighter on the battery usage.
Rumors also have it that Apple could unveil the Retina iMac at tonight’s event. Reports talk about a 21-inch Retina iMac, as well as a 27-inch Retina iMac, which could boast a 4K display.
OS X Yosemite, iOS 8.1, Apple Pay
At the sidelines of hardware announcements, Apple is also expected to announce the public availability of OS X Yosemite. The developer preview of the desktop operating system has been available for quite some time, and it is expected that Apple CEO Tim Cook will use the opportunity to announce the release date of the OS.
The company could also announce the release data for iOS 8.1, the major update to iOS 8 that Apple released last month. Among many features and improvements, the update is also expected to bring the mobile payment option, Apple Pay, to the mobile operating system.
Apple’s event kicks off at 10:30PM IST. Apple will be live streaming tonight’s event that are compatible with select devices. Alternatively, you can also follow our live blog.