3 New Apple Rumors to Ponder: Apple Watch, iPad Pro, and More
Now that Apple’s highly anticipated iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models have been released and are flying off store shelves in over 30 countries around the world, industry watchers have started focusing their attention on the company’s other projects, including the Apple Watch. Although Apple offered a tantalizing glimpse of the Apple Watch at its September media event, details of the device’s technical specifications, pricing, and exact release date next year remain unknown. The Cupertino-based company is also expected to refresh several of its other products later this year, including its line of iPads. Here are three major rumors about Apple’s unreleased products that have emerged in the weeks following the new iPhone models’ release.
1. Apple Watch pegged for Valentine’s Day release?
According to insider sources cited by The Information, Apple was originally planning on releasing the Apple Watch in time for the holiday shopping season this year. Unfortunately, some software development issues forced Apple to delay the release until early next year.
“One person briefed by the Apple department involved in shipping the watch quipped that Apple would be ‘lucky to ship it by Valentine’s Day,’” said The Information’s sources via Business Insider. “Apple has said only that the watch would ship in early 2015, and a spokeswoman did not comment for this article.”
That news is likely to disappoint Apple smartwatch fans who may have been hoping that Apple’s “early 2015” release date referred to January. On the other hand, Apple fans who appreciate trendsetting fashion may be happy to hear that the Apple Watch will likely be making an appearance at a one-day event hosted by Parisian fashion boutique Colette on September 30, according to France’s Mac Generation site. Although Colette’s announcement does not specifically mention the Apple Watch, the circle design featured on the invitation bears an unmistakable resemblance to the app arrangement seen on the Apple Watch’s user interface.
2. Apple’s next media event on October 21?
According to insider sources cited by The Daily Dot, Apple will unveil two new iPad models at a media event on Tuesday, October 21. According to GforGames, although the iPad Air 2 and next-generation iPad mini with Retina display will both be unveiled at the event, only the iPad Air 2 will be available this year. The third-generation iPad mini won’t hit store shelves until sometime in the first quarter of 2015. Both new iPad models are expected to be upgraded with the Touch ID fingerprint sensor. Like last year’s iPad launch event, this year’s event is also expected to be followed by the release of Apple’s latest Mac operating system, OS X Yosemite.
Apple’s iPad Air and next-generation iPad mini may not be the only refreshed products to make an appearance at the October media event. According to a report from blogger Jack March highlighted by Apple Insider, the 27-inch iMac will be upgraded with a Retina display that will double its screen resolution to 5,120 x 2,880 pixels from 2,560 x 1,440 pixels.
3. Apple’s rumored 12.9-inch iPad Pro may feature improved A8X Processor
Rumors of a 12.9-inch iPad have been floating around since at least last year, when DigiTimes reported that Apple was working on a larger tablet aimed at North America’s educational market. More recently, Bloomberg reported that the production of the so-called “iPad Pro” would kick off in the first quarter of 2015. Now rumors about the technical specifications of the device are beginning to surface.
According to Taiwan’s TechNews via GforGames, the fabled large-screen iPad will come equipped with a “beefed-up” version of the A8 processor called the A8X. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company — the same supplier that is handling the majority of Apple’s A8 chip fabrication — is rumored to also be providing the A8X. It should be noted that Apple has previously used the “X” designation for variants of its A5 and A6 processors, but not for the A7.
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