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Apple to launch new iPad Mini next week with refreshed iPad Pro and Macs; AirPower delayed: Kuo

Kuo predicted that Apple will launch hardware refreshes for its iPad Pro, iPad Mini, and Macs.

  • Published: October 24, 2018 12:35 PM IST
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Noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has revealed new information about what the company is planning to do in coming days. This new information comes days before the scheduled Apple event in New York City on October 30. According to previous rumors, the company is planning to launch a number of new, updated products at the launch event with much-awaited hardware upgrades. Some of the expected devices have long been neglected by the company. Kuo predicted that the company will launch hardware refreshes for its iPad Pro, iPad Mini, and Macs.

The early round of rumors had indicated that the company was also planning to launch AirPower, its wireless-charging mat but it looks like it has been delayed till late 2018 or early 2019. The company initially announced the mat back in September last year, but we have not heard about the thing since. The company may also unveil its new version of Apple AirPods with improved wireless charging, and “Hey Siri” support.

iPad Mini and iPad Pro

According to MacRumors, Kuo predicted that Apple will launch two new models for its upcoming iPad Pro. Both the devices will come with USB Type-C port, redesigned Apple Pencil, and an improved display. It is likely that the device will also come with Face ID, and edge-to-edge screen as Apple plans to drop the Home button.

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On the other hand, Apple iPad Mini will come with an upgraded processor along with “a lower-cost panel”. Though Kuo is not sure if the company will launch it at the event or later this year.

Updated Macs and AirPods

The report noted that it is likely that the company will launch updated Macs at the event along with “a new low-cost notebook”. Apple will also issue updates to its MacBook, iMac, and Mac mini devices.

Talking about the new AirPods, it is possible that the device will come with improved wireless charging. and a new wireless chip.

AirPower

The Wireless charging mat is likely to be delayed to Q4 2018 or Q1 2019. Though Kuo added that he is unsure of what the company plans to do with AirPower at the time of writing.

  • Published Date: October 24, 2018 12:35 PM IST