A day before Apple's October 22 event in San Francisco, expectations from several sources continue to firm up. Macrumors Roundups section offers worthy overview of expected updates of the MacBook Pro 2013, iPad Mini 2 and iPad 5.
Meanwhile, Ming-Chi Kuo, analyst of the prominent KGI Securities, released a report outlining his expectations for the Apple Oct. 22 event. The research focuses on the MacBook Pro 2013, iPad Mini 2 and iPad 5.
Kuo's report says that Apple will be launching a lighter and slimmer fifth-generation iPad and iPad Mini with Retina display. Although some sources believe that Apple is unlikely to introduce Retina display to iPad Mini 2, Kou trusts that Apple will be able to bring Retina display to the iPad Mini. However, gold colour option and a Touch ID fingerprint sensor will be unlikely available into the iPad line-up as production components for these features are being prioritised for the iPhone 5s.
MacBook Pro 2013
MacBook Pro 2013 will be moving to Intel's newest Haswell chips for improved battery life and performance to take on added stretch of mileage for arduous tasks in a single charge. It will likely carry over the 2012 13-inch and 15-inch version with Retina and non-Retina display units. FaceTime camera will be expected to be upgraded to 1080p quality.
- Haswell processors
- 1080p FaceTime Camera
- Enhanced battery life
- Gigabit Wi-Fi
iPad Mini 2
The second-generation iPad Mini will be an incremental update equipped with A7 chip and M7 chip similar to the iPhone 5s. Camera improvements will be expected with the 8-megapixel rear camera and larger aperture.
- iOS 7
- 7.9 inches Retina display
- Enhanced processor
- 8 megapixels camera
The fifth-generation iPad will probably come with a more compact design than the iPad 4. Rumours suggest that it will be a thinner and lighter version of the iPad 4 in an attempt to make it more portable. Improved internals with the A7X 28-nanometer chip and an increased RAM is expected. The rear camera on Apple's new iPad will be a more powerful upgrade to 8 megapixels with a larger aperture providing better images taken in low-light conditions. The new "M7" chip that offers significant improvements for motion tracking similar to the iPhone 5s will also be included.
- iOS 7
- 9.7 inches Retina display
- Improved processor
- Black/Space-Grey and White/Silver
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