Until September, 2014 was a pretty quiet year for new Apple products. But the drought is over.
After announcing new iPhones and the Apple Watch last month, another media event is being held October 16th at Apple’s Town Hall auditorium on its Cupertino campus. “It’s been way too long,” joked Apple in its invitation to select members of the press. For those itching to see new iPad and Mac hardware, indeed.
While Town Hall is only a fraction of The Flint Center’s size, October 16th’s event shouldn’t be viewed as any less important. iPad sales are stagnant, and Apple’s desktop displays have been needing an upgrade for years. Apple Pay, an entirely new venture for the company, is expected to come out any day now. And then there’s always the chance that Apple still has at least one surprise up its sleeve.
This week on The CultCast: Just when you thought it was safe to close your wallet, Apple goes and announces yet another hardware event. Yessir, Oct. 16 is just days away, and if you’re eyeballin’ a new Mac or iPad, don’t miss our event-day predictions. Plus—-ever wonder what it’s like to have a brand new iPhone 6 Plus stolen right out of your hands? Well we can tell you firsthand, and we want your help to catch the crooks.
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Watch Apple unveil its new iPads live. Screenshot: Apple.com
With Apple’s last keynote live stream being an utter disaster, we weren’t holding out much hope for another one in the foreseeable future. But the company has today posted a note on its website that confirms you will be able to tune into next Thursday’s iPad event via the Apple website.
The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were unleashed on the world just two weeks ago, but Apple is already getting prepared to announce a handful of new products, including an updated iPad Air that will be the thinnest tablet Apple’s ever created.
As next week’s iPad Air event looms on the horizon, the Michael Report claims to have received pictures and illustrations of the new iPads, and have released a full report of the upcoming changes that may include an A8 processor with 2GB of RAM, thinner body, and some small design tweaks.
New 27-inch Retina iMacs will usher in a new age of Ultra HD displays.
The iMac is Apple’s only machine that hasn’t gone Retina, but a new report claims the wait is almost over for the desktop beast — Apple is “incredibly likely” to announce its new Retina iMac next month.
Despite KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo’s usually excellent track record on Apple predictions, he messed up his last prediction that the iPad Air 2 would make its appearance at Apple’s iPhone 6 launch event two weeks ago.
Obviously, that didn’t happen. But if you’re eager for an iPad Air boasting an A8 chip, a new report corroborates a rumor we’ve heard before: it’s coming in October. Don’t wait for an A8 iPad mini though: it’s at least three months away.
Apple’s annual refresh of the iPad lineup is less than two months away, but for those who don’t mind getting last year’s model, Best Buy is slashing $75 off the price of all iPad Air models, but sale will only last for 24-hours.
Six new Apple rumors are ready to have their future read…
We get slammed 24/7 with new Apple rumors. Some are accurate, most are not. To give you a clue about what’s really coming out of Cupertino in the future, we’re busting out our rumor debunker each week to blow up the nonsense.
The iPhone 6 is nearly here and the rumor mill has ramped into overdrive with new details leaking about the iPhone 6’s True Tone flash module, rumblings that sapphire might not make the cut this year, and possibly a hint that the next iPhone won’t even be called the iPhone 6.
We’re ready to give you the full reading on what the future holds for these rumors and more, just click through the gallery to find out what the future holds.
The Rumor: Only high-end iPhone 6 units will get a Sapphire display.
The Verdict: Probably. We’ve heard rumors for months that Apple is having a hard time making enough sapphire for the iPhone 6. The Wall Street Journal is the most reliable source yet to have claimed only some units will get sapphire glass. Offering one hardware feature on one iPhone model but not others would be an unprecedented move, but then again, Sapphire glass is an unbelievable material and might be worth the upgrade if you’re prone to cracking your screen.
The Verdict: Odds are likely. Feld & Volk has been this year’s most surprising source of Apple leaks, and each glimpse of the iPhone 6 they’ve given us has been gorgeous. With iPhone 6 production getting into full swing, it’s only inevitable that we’ll see more complex components leak over the next three weeks.
The Rumor: The iPad Air 2 will come with a new anti-reflection coating.
The Verdict: Too early to tell. Production is ramping up on the next gen iPads, and while Apple could use some whiz bang features to boost sales, making it slightly easier to read the iPad outdoors probably isn’t going to be enough on its own. Limited supplies might be available at launch, but with the 2014 holiday season zooming around the corner, you can bet Apple’s going to pump out enough reader-friendly iPads to make add a few more billion to its cash piles.
The Rumor: iPhone 6 will get a round True Tone flash.
The Verdict:Looks like the real deal. The True Tone flash module will also get two more LEDs which should make it a little more powerful and improve color balance. Previous case leaks have supported this rumor and we all know the iPhone needs all the help it can get with night photography.
The Rumor: Apple told Thai officials that the next smartphone might not even be named the ‘iPhone 6.’
The Verdict: Early signs point to this happening. Apple was livid with Thai officials for revealing Apple’s plans to launch two new iPhone 6 models, but supposedly told them that a name change up might be on the way. I’d certainly be in favor of ditching the numbering system for something a little more subtle, so if Tim Cook does announce a 4.7-inch “iPhone Air” in September, I wouldn’t be surprised.