What to Expect From Apple's October Mac Event

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Apple has not refreshed its Mac mini lineup in nearly four years now.

Rather than hosting the press in California as it usually does, Apple is coming right to PCMag's backyard here in New York City.

There are other devices the tech giant might reveal too, including Apple's frequently-delayed AirPower charging pad and the often-rumoured 2nd-generation version of its wireless Bluetooth AirPods.

The main news on Tuesday will be revamped iPad Pros with Face ID and a new charging port, a new laptop destined to replace the ageing MacBook Air, and a new Mac mini geared toward professional users, according to people familiar with the plans.

With the main holiday shopping season rolling around, it would be the ideal time for Apple to introduce some new models, although aside from the internals we're not expecting all that much to change - the design and the starting prices (currently £1,249/$1,299 are likely to remain consistent).

Next week, Apple will be holding its 'There's More in the Making' event on October 30th at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Howard Gilman Opera House where it is expected to unveil its 2018 iPad Pro lineup alongside a refreshed new MacBook. Both - the 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch - iPad Pro variants will feature slimmer bezels that will make them more compact in nature.

But the new MacBook Air is probably a more awaited product. Even better, thanks to its beefy internals, the iPad Pro would be able to output 4K HDR video to an external monitor over USB-C. A new iMac is also long overdue, since the current models are no longer available for purchase officially. The low-priced replacement, which may or may not keep the "Air" designation (it could also be a cheaper addition to the 30cm MacBook line) will include a screen that's roughly 33cm in size, but with thinner bezels around the display to reduce the laptop's overall footprint.

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It nearly seems like Apple has forgotten about the iPad Mini, or is happy to let the product die as it pushes the iPad towards being a more powerful computer replacement.

Alongside the new iPad Pro, it's possible Apple will announce a handful of new accessories. This will leave the iPhone as Apple's only major product to use the Lightning connector.

Sources including Bloomberg say a new Mac Mini is also on the way next week, the first upgrade to this particular Mac computer since 2014 - "new processors and features" are promised for users, but we'll have to wait and see about the details.

Apple's next media event will take place in NY on October 30th, and during that event, a few things are likely to happen or are at least possible. That's especially true with the Mac Mini, which hasn't been upgraded in years. The new Mac Mini will likely receive updates to its processor, storage, ports, and maybe even the housing.

Creating on Apple products, of course. The refreshed wireless earbuds are rumored to come with better wireless connectivity, splash-resistance, and a wireless charging case.

To nobody's great surprise, the previous Apple event, in September, was the traditional start-of-fall fest that was all about the phones, revealing the iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max to the world.

Rumours indicate that the AirPower will reportedly either launch before the end of 2018 or in the first quarter of 2019.

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