Apple in October: new MacBook Pro, iPad Pro and many more expected [Updated]

Apple in October: new MacBook Pro, iPad Pro and many more expected [Updated]

Even though 2022 is quickly coming to an end, there are still more announcements we expect from Apple between now and then. While Apple is unlikely to hold another special event in October, it can still make announcements via press releases. This month, we’re expecting MacBook Pro updates, new iPad hardware, and more.

Update of October 17, 2022:

We’re still expecting new iPad models to be announced in a few days. However, the new MacBook Pro and Mac mini updates might be a little further away. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reports that while the new iPad is coming “very soon,” Macs could be saved for an October announcement.

Will there be an Apple event in October?

Apple held a special event in September focused on the iPhone 14 lineup and Apple Watch Series 8, Apple Watch Ultra, and Apple Watch SE. At the time, it was expected that Apple would also hold an event in October focused on the Mac and iPad.

Mac and iPad-focused October events have been scattered over the years. In October 2021, for example, the company hosted an event focused on the new MacBook Pro and its M1 Pro and M1 Max processors. In October 2020, there was an iPhone 12-focused event, which was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In November 2020, Apple held a Mac-focused event for the M1 MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac mini.

This year, however, Apple is not planning another event. According Bloomberg, Apple is more likely to make the remaining announcements via press releases rather than an actual event. In this scenario, we would see press releases posted on Apple’s website while some members of the press would receive private briefings and review opportunities.

New MacBook Pro

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Following the all-new line of MacBook Pros announced last year, Apple is preparing iterative updates for this year. The overall design and form factor should remain the same, with Apple focusing on improving internal performance, thanks to the new M2 Pro and M2 Max chips.

In June, Apple launched its first M2-powered Mac models with the MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro. Benchmarks and reviews of these machines have shown that the jump in performance is noticeable over the M1, but not as drastic as that of the previous generation Intel chips at the M1.

Bloomberg pointed out that the new M2 Pro and M2 Max chips will focus on improving graphics performance. Recent predictions of macworld also show what could be expected from the M2 Pro and M2 Max chips:

  • M2 Pro (planned): up to 10 CPU cores, up to 20 GPU cores, up to 48 GB RAM
  • M2 Max (planned): up to 10 CPU cores, 40 GPU cores, up to 96 GB RAM

You can read more about what to expect from the new MacBook Pro hardware in our full roundup here.

Mac mini M2

Continuing the focus on the Mac, Apple is also developing a new version of the Mac mini with the M2 chip inside. This new Mac mini would have the same design as the current model.

9to5Mac reported that the new M2 Mac mini has the internal codename J473. There’s also a Mac mini in development with the M2 Pro chip, codenamed J474 with eight performance cores and four efficiency cores. These Mac mini models would be the first most affordable Mac updates since the M1 Mac mini in November 2020.

New iPad Pro

Next, Apple has iPad lineup updates in the works. There’s a new iPad Pro iteration in development, featuring improved performance with the M2 chip inside. These new iPad Pro models might also feature a new design, or at least some design changes.

Bloomberg originally reported that Apple tested a redesigned iPad Pro with a glass back. This would allow the iPad Pro to support wireless charging for the first time, as well as reverse wireless charging. Reverse wireless charging would allow you to place a wireless charging compatible device, such as an iPhone or AirPods, on the back of the iPad Pro to charge that device. The power would be shared from the iPad Pro to the other device.

More recently, however, 9to5Mac has learned that Apple has scaled back its iPad Pro redesign plans. Instead of an all-glass back, the company is planning a larger glass Apple logo that would support wireless charging.

Learn more about what to expect from these new iPad Pro models in our detailed roundup here.

iPad 10

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Perhaps more interesting than the new iPad Pro, however, is a fresh take on the entry-level iPad. This is the latest iPad in Apple’s lineup that features a design with a Home button, large top and bottom bezels, and a Lightning port. All of that should change this year, as long as the rumors come to fruition.

Recent supply chain reports have painted a very interesting picture of what to expect from the 10th generation iPad:

  • A new flat-edged design with no home button and smaller bezels
  • Touch ID in the power button, similar to iPad Air and iPad mini
  • A repositioned FaceTime camera, located on the right side rather than the top
  • The Lightning port is replaced by USB-C for charging and data transfer
  • 5G support for cellular connectivity

This would bring the design and functionality of the iPad 10 a lot closer to the iPad Air. The biggest differentiator would be the difference in performance. The iPad Air is powered by the M1 chip, while the new iPad 10 would use the A14 chip.

Some of these rumors should be treated with skepticism at this time; especially when it comes to the relocated FaceTime camera.

New Apple TV

There have been scattered reports of a new Apple TV throughout 2022. We’ve heard different things about what to expect. In May, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that Apple was preparing a cheaper Apple TV to “narrow the gap with its competitors”, the goal of this new model being to improve the “cost structure of the ‘AppleTV’.

Bloomberg also reported that Apple is developing a new Apple TV, named J255, with the A14 chip inside. These appear to be two separate products; one is an all-new, lower-cost model and the other is an update to the existing Apple TV 4K starting at $179.

Learn more about the latest Apple TV rumors in our comprehensive guide here.

Mac Pro?

Finally, we’re still waiting for the new Mac Pro powered by Apple Silicon. When Apple began its transition to Apple Silicon in November 2020, the company said it would complete the transition within two years. That puts the deadline at November 2022, and the Mac Pro is the only Mac that isn’t available with an Apple Silicon option.

Apple teased its Apple Silicon-powered Mac Pro at the end of its March event, which also saw the introduction of the Mac Studio. Following this introduction of Mac Studio, Apple Vice President John Ternus said, “There’s only one product left: Mac Pro, but that’s for another day.”

The new Mac Pro should show just how intense Apple Silicon performance can be. Bloomberg reported that this redesigned Mac Pro will come in 20 or 40 compute core variants, including 16 high-performance cores or 32 high-performance cores and four or eight high-efficiency cores.

It remains to be seen whether this Mac Pro will be available or announced this year. More recently, Mark Gurman said the new Mac Pro probably won’t arrive until 2023. That doesn’t mean Apple won’t announce it ahead of time this year, though, to keep buyers waiting for the release happy.

Wrap

As you can see, there are still a ton of new products in the pipeline from Apple for this year and probably this month. Even though there is no dedicated event in October, a series of press releases announcing these updates will create buzz and hype as we head into the holiday shopping season.

There’s also still new software on the way: iPadOS 16 is slated for release later this month, as is macOS Ventura. Apple is also beta testing iOS 16.1 with new features and improvements.

What are you most looking forward to from Apple in October?

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