We’re still waiting for Apple to send out invitations to a press event on October 22, where we expect the Cupertino company to announce new iPads and possibly new MacBook Pros. According to a new rumor that has surfaced today, the new devices will go on sale before the end of the month, while the new Mac Pro will make its debut in mid-November.
The claims come from MacGeneration, a French website with a pretty spotty track record when it comes to Apple rumors. With that said, take these dates with a hefty pinch of salt, but according to their source, here’s what we can expect from Apple in the coming weeks.
Just a couple of days after the iPad event, Apple is expected to launch its new MacBook Pros on either October 24 or October 25. The device is due an update — fans like Cult of Mac’s own Erfon Elijah have been waiting for Haswell processors for months now — so we do expect them to go on sale any day now.
Given that Apple has announced Mac updates in press releases and put them on sale the same day, this one could be plausible. More plausible than the rumored iPad release dates, anyway.
The new iPads — both the fifth-generation iPad and the second-generation iPad mini — will apparently go on sale on October 30 or October 31. Given that Apple traditionally launches major products on a Friday, and these dates are a Tuesday and a Wednesday, this one seems highly unlikely.
There’s appears to be no good reason why Apple would shift the launch to mid-week, so I wouldn’t take any notice of these dates at all. It seems more likely the new iPads will launch next Friday, October 25.
Finally, MacGeneration reports that the new Mac Pro — which Apple announced at WWDC back in June — will finally go on sale in mid-November. Like the new MacBook Pros, we’ve been waiting for this one for a while. We expect it to go on sale before Christmas, so it could appear any day now, but again, these dates just don’t seem right.
MacGeneration could surprise us all, so get your credit cards ready for possibly pre-orders before the end of the week. But I think we’ll be waiting at least a few days longer for the new iPads, and possibly more than that for the new MacBook Pros.