Next Apple Event Rumored for Second Half of October [update]

Apple put on a good show on September 9, and on Friday, many lucky people will be the owners of a new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. Now it's time to start gearing up the rumors for Apple's next event. According to AppleInsider, citing a source who's given accurate information in the past about forthcoming Apple announcements, Apple's next event will be in the second half of October. Everyone is expecting an update to the iPads, of course, and October has been the month for new iPads in the past. According to rumors, the next-generation iPads will likely come with Touch ID and the same A8 processor that's in the new iPhones. There have also been rumors that the new iPads will have an anti-reflective coating on the screen, and that there may be a gold-colored option, as with the iPhones. I personally doubt the latter. I can't imagine a gold iPad. There's some question whether we'll see a new iPad mini this year, with some rumors have suggesting it won't get an update until 2015. But that doesn't make sense to me.

What else might we see next month? Many people are expecting an update to Apple TV. There were even rumors that we would see an update this past March. Despite tons of rumors, though, nothing has materialized. If Apple does announce a new Apple TV, the betting is that it will now have an App Store. Also, it's been rumored that it will include gaming. And possibly new ways to control it, including via gestures and Siri. However, it's known that Apple has a goal of offering a la carte TV channels (in which you only pay for those channels you actually want), and that it's been trying hard to make deals with the content providers. But so far, no deal has been forthcoming. Some rumors suggest that we won't see a new Apple TV until Apple has finally negotiated these deals, which likely won't be until 2015.

Tim Cook has said that new product categories are coming this year. So far we've gotten an Apple Watch, and even that won't be available until next year. One can only hope that we'll get something more than an iPad update in October.

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[Update]

The DailyDot is reporting that the event will be held October 21 and will feature updated iPads and the release of the new version of the Mac operating system called Yosemite.

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Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.