What Else Could Shine at Apple’s iPad Mini Event?

Apple storeApple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) online store was down on Tuesday morning as the countdown to its big October event dropped down to a few hours. Everyone is talking about the iPad Mini as the star of the show; after all, even Apple’s invites for the event boasted about a “little” something that the company wanted to show off. However, there have been rumors of other potential product releases alongside the miniature iPad. We look at the possible other features of Tuesday’s event:

Smaller MacBook Pro with Retina display

Ever since Apple debuted the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display at its developers’ conference in June, the question of the possibility of a smaller, and cheaper, notebook with similar standout features has hung around in the air. Several analyst and supply source reports seem to suggest that the device may be on its way right about now. According to 9TO5Mac, the new notebook will be available in three options: 2.5 GHz, 128GB of Flash storage, 8GB of RAM; 2.5 GHz, 256 GB of Flash storage, 8GB of RAM; and 2.9 GHz, 512GB of Flash storage, 8GB of RAM, and will be ready to order soon after the event. If there is a good time to make a premium product a little more attractive to buyers price-wise, it is at the start of the holiday season.

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Redesigned iMac and Mac mini

The iMac hasn’t been updated in over a year and if rumors are to be believed, the wait for those buyers may be over as well. Most predict that Apple will slim the computer down and give it a USB 3.0 and a faster processor. No bets on whether the desktop will see a Retina display as well.

iTunes 11

Apple showed off a redesigned iTunes at its iPhone 5 event last month, but hasn’t made the new program available to users yet. Throw in a less-newsworthy software update when the world’s eyes are on you? Sounds about right. The company had already put October as the release date for the program, so it would be right on schedule.

Refreshed iPad

Lately, rumors have suggested that Apple may use the occasion of the launch of the iPad Mini to also update its full-fledged tablet with the new Lightning port and processor and battery upgrades. While two tablet announcements in one go sounds almost too good to be true, BGR is fairly certain of a fourth-generation iPad and highlighted some possible new features, including an improved front camera, an optically bonded display that reduces glare, and improved 4G LTE support across the globe.

Apple is streaming the event live on its website starting at 1 p.m. ET, but has only made it available on iOS devices and Mac computers with an upgraded software. We’ll be on the case.

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