That’s the scuttlebutt anyway. Apple’s “More in the Making” event on Tuesday, Oct. 30th seems to focus a lot on artistic interpretation, and that is leading many to think that it will showcase new iPad Pros as its hallmark updated product this time around.
I think this likely because recently, Adobe announced that full versions of Photoshop can now be used on the iPad Pro. Phil Schiller even made an appearance at Adobe Max to talk about the partnership between Apple and Adobe, that brought Photoshop to iOS, and it’s likely that it won’t be the only Creative Cloud application that will come to the mobile platform.
From Photoshop, it’s not that big a leap to Adobe Illustrator, and looking at the dozens of Apple logos that have gone out on invitations earlier this month, I’m wondering if an Adobe rep will return the favor and take to the stage to talk about Adobe products now available for content creators through the iPad.
This leads to a new iPad Pro, and that’s where things get interesting. The rumors are that a larger, yet smaller, 12″ iPad Pro will be announced, which will be smaller than the 12.9″ model currently being sold, but thanks to a bezel-less design, it will have a larger screen. Much like the iPhone XS Max. In fact, you could basically call the iPad Pro a very large iPhone XS at this point. It is believed that Apple will also announce an 11″ iPad Pro, which will also be about the same size as the current 10.5″ model, but with a larger OLED screen.
Other features that are rumored include the end of the home button on the iPad, in favor of FaceID. This may also be the end of Apple’s Lightning port connection, as Apple makes the move towards Type-C charging, like with the MacBook Pro. Frankly, Apple SHOULD do that, but I have a hunch that won’t be the case and Lightning will still be the port of choice.
But what could be part of the iPad Pro is Qi wireless charging, which could mean that we’ll finally get the long awaited Apple AirPower Charging Pad, a surfboard that could wirelessly charge multiple iOS devices at once. The AirPower was announced last year, but has since flirted with vaporware status, as there hasn’t been any updates with when the device will ship. So if Apple is going to announce it, just before the holiday shopping season would be a good place to see it happen.
There’s also talk by analysts who pay close attention to Apple supply chain orders, that Cupertino may finally announce an update to the old and tired MacBook Air. Many thought that the demise of Apple’s ultra book was inevitable since the MacBook Pro is actually thinner and lighter than the current MacBook Air model. But based on a report by TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is working on a lower cost, entry level Mac Air, that will replace the current model, but will enjoy a better Retina screen. And if you think about it, the current 12.9″ iPad Pro has a high resolution screen, so why not use it for a new Mac Air? But will it be cheaper? Yeah, right.
The last rumor is perhaps for me the most unlikely … a new Mac Mini. Apple hasn’t updated the Mac Mini since 2014, so it is LONG overdue. Kuo thinks that Apple will finally update the computer, which doesn’t come with screen, keyboard or mouse, and it will be a pro version with higher end processors. If this is a “one more thing” surprise, it’ll sure to be the talk of the event.
We’ll find out 7AM PT on Tuesday! And yes, doddleNEWS will be live tweeting every announcement, every spec, and feature from twitter at @doddleNEWS.com. Join us!