There were a lot of moving parts as the calendar turned to October. Here’s a look back at the week that was.
The stage appears set for new iPads
Are you finally hoping to retire your iPad 2? Are you tired of hearing about OS X 10.10 Yosemite, but not using it?
It looks like Thursday, Oct. 16 will be the day Apple announces the “iPad Air 2,” “iPad mini with Retina display 2” and gives us a release date for Yosemite. Cupertino could also announce its first so-called “iPad Pro,” which is likely to feature a 12.9-inch screen.
Given the breadth and spectacle of Apple’s September event, this one will be a more laid-back affair held at the company’s Town Hall Auditorium in Cupertino, without any mysterious white structures and awkward one-song concerts. Apple declined comment.
Apple hasn’t officially announced the Oct. 16 iPad event. That should come early this week.
China can’t wait for the new iPhones
Even before iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus preorders officially begin, the new devices are a hit in China. Reservations for the new handsets have exceeded 4 million units in the first few days.
The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus officially launch in China on Oct. 17. Preorders begin on Friday, Oct. 10.
Waiting for iOS 8.1, Apple Pay
Get ready to hear a lot about iOS 8.1. The iOS update, now in beta, is expected to arrive soon after Apple’s iPad event. The new version will launch Apple Pay and activate one of the most publicized new features in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, Continuity.
With Continuity, you can begin doing work on one device, and complete it on another. You can also answer and make iPhone calls or text any type of message from any of your devices.
Apple could launch iOS 8.1 as early as Monday, Oct. 20.
For further consideration
Stories you might have missed this week:
- Vogue interviews Jony Ive, ‘the man behind the Apple Watch’
- Op-Ed: Things to consider before buying an iPhone 6 Plus
- Apple’s media event on Oct. 16 will feature new iPads, OS X Yosemite and more
- Leonardo DiCaprio no longer tapped to play Steve Jobs in upcoming biopic
- Recently hired Apple designer Marc Newson interviewed by Dezeen magazine