Apple's iPad Pro 2018 and new MacBook Air could be released at the end of October

Amelia Heathman
Apple

One of the major disappointments of Apple’s big September event was that the new iPad did not make an appearance.

Rumours about a new iPad Pro model, named iPad Pro 3, started circulating the internet in August, backed up by the well-respected Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

It turns out Apple may have been saving this release for 30 October when the company is going to be holding a special New York event to show off its new products.

Whilst the company is keeping quiet about what actually will be unveiled at the end of the month, it’s likely that it will be the new iPad Pro, a cheaper MacBook Air which has been due for release for a while, and a new Mac Mini.

A new iPad Pro – finally?

In terms of the new iPad, we could see a major departure from the traditional Apple design with the replacement of the Lightning cable and the introduction of a USB-C connection.

USB-C is the connection that Android devices, like Samsung, OnePlus and Huawei, mainly rely on. It’s interesting to see if Apple will make this design break to bring its products more in line with other devices out there.

The new device could also be fitted with FaceID like the new iPhone ranges.

Apple is reportedly positioning this new iPad as a laptop killer – something it’s been trying to do for a while, but we should hear more about this strategy on 30 October.

The cheap(er) MacBook Air

Apple was rumoured to be releasing a cheaper MacBook Air earlier this year, the first design overhaul the laptop would be getting in seven years.

The new MacBook Air is expected to have thinner bezels around the screen with a 13-inch Retina display like the current MacBook and MacBook Pro ranges.

The new laptop is supposed to be aimed at people looking to buy a cheaper MacBook, sort of like the iPhone XR compared to the iPhone XS ranges.

The MacBook Air hasn't had a design upgrade in seven years (Justin Sullivan / Staff / Getty images)

What about the Mac Mini?

According to Bloomberg, the new Mac Mini would focus on Pro capabilities (like Apple’s MacBook Pro range).

This would be the first update the Mac Mini has had in four years and will come with new storage and processor options that would err on the expensive scale.

Apple has chosen a busy day for the announcement of its new ranges, as OnePlus is also holding an event in New York that day to reveal the new OnePlus 6T. It’ll be interesting to see what the iPhone-maker pulls out of its sleeve this time.