Apple is holding a media event today that is expected to reveal new iPads and Macs. But this isn't all. Also expected is the new Mavericks, and some new freebies for iOS 7, according to an Oct 21 report in the “Los Angeles Times”.
Slated to begin at 10 a.m. Pacific Time at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco, this event promises to be jam-packed with announcements. Suitably, Apple's tagline for today's event is “We still have a lot to cover”.
Here's the scuttlebutt:
Apple's new iPad lineup will be today's main event. The new iPad 5 will be both thinner, lighter and based on the design of the iPad mini. The iPad 5 will get the 64-bit chip that's in the iPhone 5s (announced last month), which will bring desktop-class apps and console-quality games to Apple's flagship tablet. It may also get the Touch ID fingerprint sensor built into the Home Button and maybe even come in the gold, silver and “space gray” of iPhone 5s.
The new iPad mini will get the Retina Display, bringing high-resolution graphics to the iPad's economical cousin. Its processor will be upgraded but not necessarily to the iPad level. It also may be a little less thin to accommodate the larger battery that will be necessary to support the more intense graphics.
Apple will probably announce that Mavericks, the new version of its computer operating system, is now available for download. The cost of Mavericks will probably be around $19, the same as last year's OS X, Mountain Lion.
Next on the list will probably be better, faster and more powerful Macs. Apple is expected to announce that the Macbook Pro line will get the efficient Haswell processor, which will increase battery life. Also expected is adoption of 802.11ac Wi-Fi.
As far as iOS 7 goes, Apple is expected to announcement that Apple's popular music editing app, 'GarageBand', is now free with new iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices. 'GarageBand' will join the new free stable of Apple iLife and iWork apps. Apple is also expected to unveil the new icons for its iLife and iWork suites, which will hue to the format of iOS 7. It's also likely that Apple will announce iOS 7.1, a free update that will include some minor features (maybe “iCloud Keychain”?) and fix bugs in iOS 7.