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Apple Inc. said it will hold a product announcement Oct. 30 in Brooklyn, New York, likely to unveil new iPads and Mac computers.

The invitation to media reads, “There’s more in the making,” without specifying what would be introduced. The Cupertino, California-based technology giant is planning the biggest revamp to the iPad Pro since it first went on sale in 2015, as well as a lower-cost MacBook laptop and a new Mac mini desktop, Bloomberg News reported earlier this year.

On its website, Apple said the event will be live streamed. This will mark the first Apple product introduction to take place in New York since the company unveiled its digital textbooks service in 2012. It is, however, the second Apple product launch outside of California this year. In March, the company announced new education software and an update to the entry-level iPad at a Chicago-area high school.

The October launch, the month in which Apple has previously debuted new Macs and iPads, will take place at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Howard Gilman Opera House.

The new iPads will inherit features from the latest iPhones, bringing Face ID and a nearly all-screen look to the company’s tablets for the first time, people familiar with the product told Bloomberg earlier this year.

Apple is planning new iPad Pros in two screen sizes — 11 inches and 12.9 inches — that will both use facial recognition for unlocking, rather than a Home button with a fingerprint sensor. The new models are also expected to include faster processors and an Apple-designed graphics chip for the first time, but will lack the more vibrant OLED screens used in the iPhone X and iPhone XS.

When Apple launched the iPad in 2010, it quickly became one of the company’s most important products. However, iPad sales have slowed in recent years in favour of laptops and other larger screen devices. Apple has propped up demand with cheaper models and the more-capable iPad Pro, which works with a keyboard.

Beyond tablets, the company is planning an entry-level Mac with a high-resolution screen to succeed the once-popular MacBook Air. The new Mac mini desktop will focus on professional users.

The launch event continues a busy fall season for Apple, which last month released the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and a new Apple Watch. The iPhone XR, a lower-cost iPhone with a nearly all-screen front, goes on sale Oct. 26.
 

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Wonder if they will finally announce a new Mac Pro. Apple has said that they do indeed care about the pro users, despite their product offerings stating otherwise.

I expect when they do finally announce it will not be what the pros are really wanting, and I think most would say that is like the previous tower Mac Pros. Easy access to upgrade everything. It should not need to be brought into a service department to have the hard drive, ram and graphics card replaced.
 

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What worries me is this statement:
The new Mac mini desktop will focus on professional users.
Sounds like the Mini will get a large price increase.
 

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Wonder if they will finally announce a new Mac Pro. Apple has said that they do indeed care about the pro users, despite their product offerings stating otherwise.

Maybe His Highness Sir Jonathan Ive will produce new Mac Pro model for the pros that will be in the shape of a large donut that will mimic the new main Apple Park building. ;-)

Any and all increases for memory or storage space will be accessed by the ports on the inside side and connected by separate Apple proprietary dongle adapters. :-(

There maybe signs of attempts by Apple to remove his expression he wanted molded into the case: Let Them Eat Cake!!! But some rumor mills say that it will just be covered up with gold braid, but for optional cost, there may be a limited edition that will use Rose gold braid.

And of course it goes without saying, the new Mac Pro will have a substantially new Pro price!!!




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Maybe His Highness Sir Jonathan Ive will produce new Mac Pro model for the pros that will be in the shape of a large donut that will mimic the new main Apple Park building. ;-)

Any and all increases for memory or storage space will be accessed by the ports on the inside side and connected by separate Apple proprietary dongle adapters. :-(

There maybe signs of attempts by Apple to remove his expression he wanted molded into the case: Let Them Eat Cake!!! But some rumor mills say that it will just be covered up with gold braid, but for optional cost, there may be a limited edition that will use Rose gold braid.

And of course it goes without saying, the new Mac Pro will have a substantially new Pro price!!!




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I would say Ives is a bit part of the problem. I am not sure what they dynamic was with him and Jobs, but in the Jobs era it seemed like there was a balance between form and function. Great laptops but they could be accessed and the little things that we all took for granted were easy to do i.e. replace RAM and hard drives. They are/have closed up every model to virtually any self upgrades save the 27" iMac which still (thankfully) has an easy port to add more RAM in the back. Apple really seems to have become the villain they were smashing in that iconic 1984 commercial. Think different? No think like Apple.
 

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Not much faith in a new Mac Pro. The entire problem with that phrase is the word 'new'. They already had it right.


The only major improvements needed would be SATA 3, and a string of slots to simply plug in SSDs, while retaining at least 3 HD bays. Retain legacy FW 800 and USB 2 capabilities while providing USB C ports as well.
 

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Apple really seems to have become the villain they were smashing in that iconic 1984 commercial. Think different? No think like Apple.

+1!!!
I have been saying the same thing for some time now and did so again just a day or so ago on another Mac forum.

I think one of the main differences between Jobs and Ive is that Jobs spent a fair bit of time in the Apple garage with the Woz which was a much more grass roots level, and a level that Ive would never have associated with.





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+1!!!
I have been saying the same thing for some time now and did so again just a day or so ago on another Mac forum.

I think one of the main differences between Jobs and Ive is that Jobs spent a fair bit of time in the Apple garage with the Woz which was a much more grass roots level, and a level that Ive would never have associated with.





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Could be, they were probably excited about making something that worked and could be usable for the tasks of the day. Now they seem to ignore that idea and go simply for style and fluff like bigger emojis and things like that. That being said if I was a shareholder I would be very happy, they just seem to keep on making money despite my dislike for the direction. I still like Apple products, but more and more am I open to looking at alternatives for my computing needs as well as my mobile needs.
 
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