Last month, Apple offered up a smorgasbord of new products, including the iPhone 6/6 Plus, iOS 8, and the Apple Watch. On Thursday, dessert will be served as Cupertino introduces new iPads, OS X Yosemite, and more.
It’s been way too long
The next-generation iPad Air is likely to feature an improved A8X processor, Touch ID, and be available in gold for the very first time.
Detailed specs released this week also show that the “iPad Air 2” will feature 2GB of RAM, and be available in 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB versions.
Two unknowns: whether Apple will also use Thursday’s event to introduce a third-generation iPad mini, and 12.9-inch “iPad Pro.”
OS X Yosemite and Macs
Developers have been having a lot of fun with OS X Yosemite since Apple first announced the Mac OS update in June. This week, Cupertino is expected to announce the first public release of Yosemite.
Apple is also likely to introduce a 12-inch MacBook Air with Retina display. A new Mac mini is also a possibility.
Apple Pay, iOS 8.1
On Thursday, we should finally hear a release date for Apple Pay. First announced last month, the mobile payment system will work on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and perhaps next-generation iPads.
Apple Pay is expected to arrive with the iOS 8.1 update, which is currently being tested by developers.
The iPod Classic is already dead, while the rest of the iPod lineup hasn’t been updated in two years. Apple could give new life to the iPod touch this week, and perhaps to the iPod nano. After all, “it’s been way too long.”
Join us on Thursday
Apple is set to live stream its Thursday event, which begins at 10 a.m. PDT. As usual, AppAdvice plans to provide full coverage of the event. We hope to see you there.
For further consideration
Stories you might have missed this week:
- Apple Watch won’t be affected by GT’s bankruptcy, but sapphire-covered iPhones will
- Demand for the iPhone 6 Plus is ‘much stronger than expected’ as Apple shifts production
- Apple rolls out redesigned iTunes Store in iTunes 12 ahead of OS X Yosemite launch
- New Apple TV beta software officially ushers in HomeKit support