This is the all new iPad Pro 12.9 for 2018

Posted October 29, 2018

Rumors of a sleeker iPad Pro design have been making the rounds for quite some time now, and we've even seen a few renders (based on leaked CAD images) of what we can expect to see from Apple later this week.

The new iPads could also introduce a USB-C charging port to the iOS family for the first time, so that they share connectivity with Apple's laptops, and if the rumours are true they will also mark the first time a custom Apple graphics chip has been used in an iPad.

We're definitely expecting some new iPad Pros from Apple, with the latest refresh for this particular category of gadget happening back in June 2017. Both will be the first iPad models to have a "bezel-less" screen that comes with a symmetrical edge to edge design with rounded corners.

The update to the iPad Pro will be the most significant in the product's history. Its successor is likely to come with either A11X series to continue the chronological order or maybe jump to A12X Bionic Fusion series to make it on parity with iPhone processor naming scheme.

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Apple is also likely to bring the new generation Pencil stylus with improved sensitivity and also offer longer battery life.

Suffice it to say, Apple's October event may have just gotten even more exciting for Apple fans, especially those who felt left out last month.

Apple has not refreshed its Mac mini lineup in nearly four years now. The 13-inch screen size suggests a new version of the MacBook Air, which got a modest spec boost a year ago, to the then already-dated 5th Generation "Broadwell" family of mobile CPUs.

The keynote is set to take place in New York at 10am ET/1pm PT in New York City at the Brooklyn Academy of Music Howard Gilman Opera House, rather than the company's Cupertino, California Steve Jobs Theatre venue.

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Signs of new Macs came from a filing sighted by Consomac in the Eurasion Economic Union. A new iMac is also long overdue, since the current models are no longer available for purchase officially.

Regarding price, it's likely the Air will start at somewhere in the $1,300 to $1,400 CAD range, given that it will be position as the entry-level device in Apple's laptop lineup. This will be the most radical redesign yet similar to how the iPhone X had changed their smartphone appearance moving forward.

Other possible announcements include iMac refreshes and more information about the upcoming Mac Pro.

Last year, Apple didn't have an October event. Speaking of which, Bloomberg's report does not mention a new iPad Mini - despite rumors of the tablet's impending launch surfacing earlier.

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Integrated "Hey Siri" functionality is also rumoured to be coming to the AirPods 2.