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Kuo: New iPad Mini Coming as Soon as Next Week's Event, AirPower in Late 2018/Early 2019

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Ahead of Apple's October 30th event, respected Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo shared some details about what we can expect to see Apple to unveil during the event as well as information on other products that we might see from Apple in late 2018 or early 2019.

Kuo has several interesting predictions, including an updated iPad mini and details on the launch of the AirPower.


iPad Pro

Kuo says that we can expect to see two new iPad Pro models that are equipped with USB-C, improved displays, and an Apple Pencil with a new design. Further details were not shared on what improvements to expect with the displays or what a redesigned Apple Pencil might look like.

All of these features have been previously rumored for Apple's upcoming iPad Pro models, which are also expected to feature Face ID, edge to edge screens, and no Home button.

iPad mini

Kuo says that Apple will launch a new version of the iPad mini, which has not seen an update in several years. Kuo says the device will feature an upgraded processor and a lower-cost panel.

Kuo does not know, however, if Apple will announce it during the media event or launch it sometime later in the year/early next year, but if an updated model is in the works, it makes sense for it to launch alongside the iPad Pro.

Mac models

At Apple's event, we can expect to see several Mac updates with upgraded processors and other internal improvements. Kuo says we can count on a new low-cost notebook and updates to the MacBook, iMac, and Mac mini.

AirPower and AirPods

According to Kuo, Apple could launch new AirPods and the AirPower either late in the fourth quarter of 2018 or early in the first quarter of 2019, but he doesn't yet know the company's specific plans.

It's possible that if Apple is planning on debuting the AirPower before the end of 2018 as promised, it could be mentioned at the October event, but Kuo doesn't say either way. The AirPower, first unveiled in September 2017, is meant to charge three devices at once, including an iPhone, the AirPods, and the Apple Watch, but it's been delayed for several months now.

As for the AirPods, we can expect to see an upgraded wireless charging case that will work with the AirPower along with a new wireless chip that enables "Hey Siri" functionality.

Apple's October event is set to take place on Tuesday, October 30 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time. This year's event is being held earlier in the day than normal because it is being hosted in New York City instead of Cupertino.

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acorntoy

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$229 32GB iPad mini, no pencil support, A11. At that price, it would almost be an impulse buy.
I doubt it’ll have a better processor the the iPad, especially if it’s going at a lower price point.
 
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Tapiture

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Good ol Ming-Chi Kuo.. telling us all stuff we already know. Man what would we do without him?
He’s probably the best, most reliable Apple analyst in the world. This time around they are things we’ve already heard rumored with exception of the iPad Mini. But most of the time he’s right on the nose on what Apple is going to do.
 
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EugW

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Where's the link to his report?

And I see there is no direct mention of the MacBook Air. Good.
 
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iPad mini

Kuo says that Apple will launch a new version of the iPad mini, which has not seen an update in several years. Kuo says the device will feature an upgraded processor and a lower-cost panel.

Kuo does not know, however, if Apple will announce it during the media event or launch it sometime later in the year/early next year, but if an updated model is in the works, it makes sense for it to launch alongside the iPad Pro.

Article Link: Kuo: New iPad Mini Coming as Soon as Next Week's Event, AirPower in Late 2018/Early 2019

With the current 9.7" iPad starting at $329 where would Apple price the the iPad Mini start, maybe $279?
Or would Apple make this an iPad Pro Mini and start it at $399 or more?
 
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