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What to expect from Apple's 16 October event: iPad 6, iPad mini 3, new Macs & more

Ashleigh Allsopp | Oct. 15, 2014
Apple is hosting a special event on Thursday, which we expect will see the unveiling of new iPads, new Macs, and maybe even a long-awaited update to the Apple TV.

As predicted, Apple is hosting a special event this week, following on from its iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch event in September. We're expecting a slew of new products from the company, including an iPad 6, iPad mini 3, new Macs and more. Read on for a better idea of what to expect from Apple's 16 October event.

Apple's 16 October event: iPad 6/iPad Air 2

We're 99% sure that we'll see a new iPad at Apple's 16 October event, which will kick off at 6pm UK time and will take place at a venue on Apple's California campus.

The new 10in iPad will be the sixth generation of the iPad, but is probably more likely to be called the iPad Air 2 or new iPad Air after the launch of the iPad Air last October, rather than the iPad 6.

Last year's iPad Air represented the first proper redesign of the Apple tablet since the iPad 2 in 2011, so we're not expecting any major design changes with the new generation. We think it'll still have a 9.7in display, though that display could be improved to Retina HD like the new iPhones.

We're expecting the A8 processor found in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to be present in the new iPad Air, as well as a possible 2GB RAM, 802.11ac WiFi, the Touch ID fingerprint sensor, an improved camera and of course the new iOS 8 operating system.

More iPad 6 rumours

Apple's 16 October event: iPad mini 3

In addition to the new 10in iPad, we're expecting Apple's smaller tablet to get an update too. There was some suggestion that the iPad mini wouldn't get an update this year, but that seems unlikely to us. Apple first launched the iPad mini in October 2012 and updated it in October 2013.

There's little to say about the iPad mini 3, though. Lack of rumours and leaks is one of the reasons there's some doubt surrounding the launch of the new generation of the 7.9in tablet.

It's thought that the iPad mini 3 could have the Touch ID fingerprint sensor, an A8 processor, a better camera and iOS 8, but it probably won't have a new design.

Apple's 16 October event: OS X Yosemite release

We got our first look at OS X 10.10 Yosemite, the new Mac operating system, back in June during Apple's WWDC 2014 developer conference. It has since been available to test in beta form, and the gold master of the software was recently released suggesting that Apple is preparing for the full public release.

 

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