As the October days tick by, we’re all wondering the same thing: When will all those new Apple hardware rumors come out? We may have our answer, as Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman claims the first releases could arrive “in a few days.” In a follow-up tweet on Monday, he reported that they will arrive on Tuesday morning.
At 8:30 a.m. ET, the Apple Store went offline, which is usually a sure sign that new products are on the way.
In his weekly Power On newsletter, Gurman reports that Apple plans to launch innovations first for its iPad Pro and entry-level iPad lines. The iPad Pro will look like the current models that have not changed since 2018, but bring more performance with an M2 chip. There are also rumors that the new iPad Pros can charge wirelessly and MagSafe, but the screen sizes and other specs are expected to remain the same, including the screen differences between the 11-inch and 12.9-inch models, as confirmed in a tweet by Ross. Young of Display Supply Chain Consultants.
The 10th-generation iPad will reportedly see a much bigger change, with a larger 10.5-inch screen, flat bezels and USB-C. There are conflicting rumors about how dramatic the redesign will be — it could get rid of the Home button altogether — and Gurman only says the new model will be “the most significant update to that line in several years.” A Twitter user spotted a new case for the 2022 iPad in Target, revealing that the new tablet will support the 2nd-generation Apple Pencil. The current iPad is the only Apple tablet that supports the 1st generation Pencil.
Gurman’s follow-up tweet confirmed that “days” actually meant days and that the iPads will arrive Tuesday morning, likely at 8:30 a.m. ET. Gurman also says that iPadOS 16.1 won’t arrive until the week of October 24, so the new iPads probably won’t ship until next Friday, October 28.
Apple also reportedly has a slew of new Macs ready to launch this month, including an M2 refresh of the Mac mini and 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros. They could arrive next week with macOS Monterey or land in early November.