What To Expect At Apple’s Thursday Event

Author

David Hamilton

October 16, 2014

It’s showtime again for Apple, for the third time this year. At 10am PT on Thursday, the maker of iPhones, iPads and a host of other gear kick off a big event at which it will unveil its latest gadgets—and perhaps a surprise or two.

ReadWrite will have full coverage of the event as it takes place. We’ll update this post with links to our posts as the news rolls in; you can also follow our Twitter feed, @RWW, for live commentary. Apple will be streaming the event; here’s how to watch it.

See also: 3 Ways To Watch As Apple Unveils New iPads And Macs

In the meantime, here’s a quick preview of what we’re expecting from Apple on Thursday:

  • New versions of the iPad Air and iPad mini, all featuring Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint scanner. The new iPads should be configured to work with Apple Pay, the company’s not-yet-launched mobile-payment system (thus the need for Touch ID). Apple is expected to offer iPads in the color gold in addition to traditional “space gray” and silver.
  • New iMacs with high-resolution “retina” screens—one with a 21-inch display and another at 27 inches. The smaller model may not ship until 2015.
  • A release date for Mac OS X Yosemite, which has been in developer preview for much of the summer
  • A release date for Apple Pay (and iOS 8.1). Some clues suggest Apple will launch the payment service on October 20, which means it would also push out its iOS 8.1 update at or before that time as well.

Some iffier possibilities include:

  • A 12.9-inch mega-iPad. This possible addition to the iPad lineup has been rumored for weeks, but the latest reports suggest that production delays may push back its introduction.
  • A 12-inch MacBook with a high-resolution “retina” display. This has also been rumored for a while, though even the rumors aren’t precise; some hold this computer might be a mid-sized but high-res MacBook Air, while others hold it would be a smaller and slimmer MacBook Pro.
  • Home-automation products and details about Apple’s HomeKit. Apple announced its push into smart-home products at its Worldwide Developer Conference in June. Since then, however, there’s been no word as to how Apple’s HomeKit “hub” will work with third-party equipment or whether the company will release its own smart-home products.
  • An upgraded Apple TV streaming box. Some people have been expecting a new version of Apple TV since the spring, although it’s equally possible that an update might not happen until next year.

Which rumors will prove to be true? Join us tomorrow and find out.

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