What to Expect from Apple’s Keynote on October 16

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When Apple sent out invitations for another media event with a cryptic message “It’s been way too long”, it sent the fan boys into a tizzy. Could it be that Apple is finally introducing another innovative and radical product after iPad (2010)? Being held in the town hall of Apple’s Infinite Loop Campus, the event seems to be more of a routine update to its lineup rather than introducing revolutionary products. Apple is expected to introduce a new iPad, Macbooks and talk more about the recently launched OS X Yosemite and Apple Pay. So here’s what you can expect from Apple, with our expectation score.

iPad Air 2

Expectation Score: 10 out of 10!

Each time Apple releases a new iteration of its products, it’s expected to be the thinnest and the lightest ever produced with the best screen resolution and picture quality. Hence it is safe to say that Apple will be updating screen resolution, camera quality and make the iPad thinner and lighter.

Most leaked reports claim the iPad will showcase bigger speaker grills by merging two rows of grill as seen currently. Introduction of the multitasking feature in iOS 8 means Apple will be bumping the RAM to 2GB which is required to run the said feature. Surprisingly, the new model would be missing out on the mute (or the vibration) button to get a thinner profile.

Another likely addition to the new model is Touch ID, which would allow users to unlock their devices and purchase items on iTunes with a touch of a fingerprint. Other additions include a gold iPad along with silver and space gray versions. We also expect Apple to introduce a 128GB model while dropping the 32GB version which would mean addition of $300 on the base price of $499 as offered.

Other iPads

Expectation Score: 10 out of 10! (iPad Mini 3)
Expectation Score: 4 out of 10! (iPad Pro)

While many are clamouring for a 12.9-inch iPad otherwise dubbed as iPad Pro, due to manufacturing reasons we can safely assume it to be off until early 2015. While most of the focus will lie on the bigger iPad, we can expect minor incremental updates like addition of Touch ID, new gold version and addition of 128 GB version.

New iMac

Expectation Score: 9 out of 10!

The cryptic e-mail invitation sent by Apple mostly refers to the need of updating some of the products apple has ignored for quite a while. The iMac and Mac Mini is in dire need of an urgent update or be forced into irrelevance. The iMac hasn’t been updated in two years with Apple adding retina display to it’s other Macbooks, while the iMac is still waiting for one. We expect Apple to enter the 5k region by introducing a 5120×2180 screen resolution which is exactly double the current resolution. Also, the new iMac will be configured with an Intel i7-4790K processor clocked at 4.0GHz. That’s a current-generation Haswell processor, as Intel’s next-generation Broadwell processors are not expected to be available until early 2015.

New Mac Mini

Expectation Score: 9 out of 10!

Apple is also expected to update Mac Mini with the latest and the newest technology in the market it’s rumoured that Apple will also update the WiFi and make the new device much more thinner, slimmer and faster. Apple had been waiting for the new Broadwell chips which according to Intel’s Chief Executive, Brian Krzanich, are expected to ship by Christmas this year. In spite of all these upgrades, we are unlikely to see a price rise with the new Mac Mini shipping later this year.

Macbook Air (12-inch)

Expectation Score: 0 out of 10!

Those who are waiting for a 12-inch Macbook Air would be in for a disappointment with recent reports from 9to5Mac suggesting that Apple is going back to the drawing board for its ultralight laptops. It’s expect to be launched next year along with Apple Watch and the rumoured iPad Pro.

OS X Yosemite

Expectation Score: 10 out of 10!

Apple released a third candidate golden master version of OS X Yosemite to the developers last week. Surprisingly, Apple launched a public beta version of Yosemite last Monday which is pretty much similar to the developer version indicating the consumer version to be ready and most likely to be released on 16th October.

Yosemite includes a redesigned user interface with emphasis on continuity. By introducing features like taking calls on your Mac or enabling AirDrop between Mac and iOS Apple is working towards integrating the two softwares. And yes, like Marvericks we can expect Apple to bring out Yosemite for free as well.

Apple TV

Expectation Score: 4 out of 10!

Last refreshed a year ago, consumers are still waiting for Apple to introduce a completely revamped Apple TV to keep up with the likes of Roku, Chromecast and others. Currently it can directly stream 1080p from iTunes and Netflix and sports a single core A5 processor. While Tim Cook did mention using his Apple Watch to control his Apple TV we believe it is unlikely to see an update at this event.

Saurav Anchlia

Saurav Anchlia is the deputy editor for Virtuaniz. He is currently pursuing his Bachelors of Engineering in Bangalore. Saurav is an ardent reader and a fiery debater.He supports Manchester United vehemently and remains optimistic about their chances. He writes for the love of technology and english language. Follow him at @SauravAnchlia.

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