Apple hosted the Far Out event in September for the iPhone 14 launch. The company was expected to announce new iPad models as well. While that did not happen, recent rumours suggest that the iPad Pro models and the 10th-generation iPad will be launched in October. Instead of hosting an event, Apple is said to soft launch the tablets via a press release. A new leak has now revealed the iPad launch date ahead of the official launch.
Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman has revealed that Apple will skip iPadOS 16 and instead release iPadOS 16.1. The company plans to release the new software update for its iPads on October 24. The rollout will take place on the said date provided there are not any new bugs or issues. He also reported that alongside iPadOS 16, Apple will also announce new products. The rumoured list of products includes the three iPads mentioned above.
Apple has historically held launches the week of its earnings calls in October. This year, the company is slated to release its earnings report on October 27. That being said, the company has not officially announced any details about the product launches on October 24.
iPad October Launch
The 10th-generation iPad is said to get some major design changes. We revealed the CAD renders of the budget iPad weeks ago, revealing the design changes coming along with it. The iPad will have a single camera sensor and an LED flash inside the pill-shaped camera module. At the front, there could be a 10.5-inch LCD with a standard 60Hz refresh rate. Apple’s entry-level tablet is also said to feature an A14 Bionic SoC. While it might offer a USB Type-C port, the upcoming budget iPad will ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack.
The new Pro iPad, on the other hand, is expected to sport 11-inch and 12.9-inch displays. The 11-inch model is also expected to feature a mini-LED display. They might get the new M2 chip, which Apple unveiled earlier this year.
Apple is also expected to launch the new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models. They are likely to get incremental upgrades over last year’s models and feature the faster M2 Pro and M2 Max SoCs along with some other upgrades here and there.