Apple has a lot to cover tomorrow, or so that’s what their invitation says. We’ve heard an unprecedented number of rumors and speculations over the past six months, with a fervent swell of leaks, theories, and gossip flooding the Web in the past couple of months. Tomorrow will put all rumors to rest, as Apple will be announcing… well, something.
We’ve got a rumor round up of things we expect to see tomorrow, as well as a few things we aren’t so sure about, but hope to see.
We’ve already made our list of what we’d like to see Apple give us in the iPad refresh. Based on the massive amount of leaked images, rumors, and speculations that have come out over the past month, we can expect to see a slimmer, thinner design, a faster processor chip, Touch ID, and a gold option.
What we’d love to see is a better quality of iSight camera, possibly with a flash. We also hope Apple will include slow motion video capture in the fifth-generation iPad model. Since the low-cost iPhone 5c is little more than an iPhone 5 with a colorful back casing, we are hoping to see Apple do the same thing with the fourth-generation iPad, put a plastic back on it and call it a new tablet.
Second-Generation iPad mini
Although the rumors go back and forth as to whether Apple will unveil a Retina display model of the 7.9-inch tablet, we are hedging our bets that we will see the high-pixel density upgrade with the next generation of iPad mini. We also expect the new smaller sized tablet to come with a gold option and have Touch ID technology.
We don’t hold out much hope for Apple to make big changes to the iPad mini. However, we’d love to see an upgrade in the processor to, at least the A6X chip. That would put the tiny tablet on par with the fourth-generation iPad. We’d also love to see a low-cost version of the mini. Maybe Apple will knock a whole $50 off the price tag.
We’re pretty sure that Apple is planning on unveiling the fourth-generation of its signature set-top box. There have been a lot of rumors that the company is working on a branded television set. But that is not even close to being ready for the public. In the meantime, Apple has been adding more and more channels to Apple TV, which might mean the little black box is getting more attention and might get an upgrade.
We’d love to see an App Store on Apple TV so that users could purchase and download games onto their TV with a compatible controller app on their iPad or iPhone. That is highly unlikely, but we can wish. Can’t we?
Mac Desktop and Laptop
Apple first unveiled OS X Mavericks at this year’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC). By now, Apple should be ready at least tell us when the new operation system will be available. It is still in beta, so we don’t expect to be able to download it from the Mac App Store tomorrow, but if Apple hopes to have it out by the end of this year, the company should have a scheduled release date for tomorrow’s event.
We also expect to see an update to iWork and, at least some of the iLife applications. Apple recently changed the logo for GarageBand and iPhoto in the iCloud storage management section of iOS, leading to a lot of speculation that Apple might be redesigning the entire line of productivity apps.
At the WWDC, Apple also announced a new line of Mac Pro computers that would be ready this fall. It is likely that Apple will show off the professional grade desktops tomorrow.
The MacBook line of laptop computers may get a refresh that features Intel’s new Haswell processor, which will improve battery life. But we don’t expect much more from the MacBook family tomorrow.
Apple’s big event will take place tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. PT. We’ll be posting news and information as it happens so be sure to check in with us throughout the day.