What to Expect From Apple's October Mac Event

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This will leave the iPhone as Apple's only major product to use the Lightning connector.

The new iPad Pro will reportedly incorporate a new graphics chip, giving it extra power for creative users, designers and photographers.

The USB-C port would allow for faster charging and output of up to 4K when the iPad is connected to another monitor. It looks like the new iPad Pros will get a new design and not look anywhere close to the last generation iPads. Rumours further suggest that Apple will ditch the home button or Touch ID sensor for the new iPad Pros and will instead come with swiping gesture for navigation. This would see the new machine replicating the Face ID system used by iPhone X and iPhone Xs smartphones. The sides of the tablet appear to the completely flat like the sides of an iPhone 5 with no noticeable tapering. While nothing is confirmed yet, obviously, the rumor mill has been pretty consistent: It's likely the turn of the iPad Pro and the desktop Macs to get refreshed. And there will likely be a new Pencil, and maybe a smart connector change. They also just started selling an Apple Watch charging cable with USB-C on the other end rather than USB-A, so it makes sense.

Other speculation centres around the possible introduction of a USB-C port to replace the current Lightning one, but considering all of Apple's other phones and tablets use Lightning, we'd be surprised if this shift were to happen.

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Bloomberg also reiterates claims that the upcoming iPads will feature a variant of Apple's 7nm A12 processor alongside a custom GPU. The new MacBook Air will come with improved internals and also design and software.

For the Mac, Apple is planning its first wide-ranging upgrades since June 2017. As the Cupertino based tech giant solidifies its position as one of the largest tech companies in the world, it has the necessary leeway to focus on different devices in one calendar year.

Much attention will be on the battery of the new MacBook Air, with previous models varying between five hours and ten hours. Some or all of these products could debut at Tuesday's event. The latter would be a big upgrade over the existing Mac mini, which has languished without an update since 2014.

Apple's also working on refreshed iMacs, iMac Pros, and 12-inch MacBooks with faster processors, and at least some of these updates could be ready for the October launch.

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