Apple October 2019 Event Preview

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After presenting the iPhone 11, a 10.2-inch iPad and the Apple Watch Series 5, Apple’s portfolio keeps getting wider. The company is almost ready for its October 2019 event which is widely expected by the whole tech community.

This is what you should expect from the company’s upcoming event.

16-inch MacBook Pro and macOS Catalina

People have been talking about the new MacBook Pro, or at least one with a larger display, since past February. According to a report by the famous analyst Ming-Chi Kuo who predicted the 10.2-inch iPad, users should look out for an “All-new design 16—16.5[-inch] MacBook Pro.”

Additional reports pointed out that the upcoming model would replace the existing 15.4-inch MacBook Pro, and could use a chassis which is similar to that current mode, only with trimmed-down bezels to fit a larger screen.

Reportedly, Apple is currently ditching its highly controversial ‘butterfly’-style keyboard and the 16-inch MacBook Pro is expected to be the first laptop featuring a traditional scissor-mechanism key design.

Just a while after Apple’s September 10 event, the company updated its macOS Catalina website, stating that the new macOS is coming in October. Thus, the October event would probably be a good place to announce the firm date for its release.

Faster iPad Pros

Considering the fact that the present 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models were revealed last October, Apple will probably upgrade these high-end tablets very soon. Last month, a Bloomberg report highlighted some processor and camera improvements, similar to what Apple uses in its new iPhones, which should launch in “the coming weeks and months.”

This means that we might see a new tablet running on a chip that’s faster than the iPhone 11’s A13 chip, just as the 2018 iPad Pro’s A12X processor beats the iPhone XS’ A12 chip on benchmark tests.

Despite the fact that the advanced chipset would probably be enough for the new iPad Pro to keep its professional classification, there is still a chance it could include a three-camera setup, which is similar to the iPhone 11 Pro.

Mac Pro Update

At WWDC 2019, Apple presented a pricey new Mac Pro with an upgradable modular bay design, which shares a lot of visual cues with the beloved 2016 model, colloquially called “the cheese grater.”

The price of the new Mac Pro starts at $5,999 with an 8-core Intel Xeon W processor and no monitor. For such a powerful Mac, Apple’s making a $4,999 Pro Display XDR display which measures 32 inches, offers 6K resolution and includes high-dynamic range support. Additionally, Apple is selling a $999 monitor stand to prop it up. However, all these prices combined, probably won’t even touch the top-of-the-line Mac Pro, which could go upwards of $35,000.

Apple gave a Fall 2019 window and the page where you can sign up for notifications about Mac Pro availability used to say “Coming September”, however, it now says “Coming This Fall”.

For that reason, we expect full pricing and an availability date for the new Mac Pro at the upcoming October event.

Bundle pricing for services or AR Glasses

Currently, we know the pricing for Apple TV Plus ($4.99 per month), Apple News Plus ($9.99 per month) and Apple Arcade ($4.99 per month), but with so many services, Apple will probably sweeten the deal with bundle pricing to get more subscribers for all three services.

And while the company could reduce monthly pricing (currently $19.97 per month for all three), there’s another way Apple could make things interesting for both – creators and users: Give a discount on iCloud pricing.

New AirPods

In a Bloomberg report related to the new iPad Pros, there were some signs pointing to a more expensive version of Apple’s AirPods in progress. This means that the new wireless headphones which may feature “water resistance and noise cancellation,” could be launched “by next year.”

Yet, after all the predictions and expectations, the only thing for us to wait for, is Apple October 2019 event to see what actually happens.

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