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Apple is gearing up for some fresh hardware releases

Apple announced its 4.7” iPhone 6 and 5.5” iPhone 6 Plus at an event last month in Cupertino, California. The company is now readying its next product blitz, and will take place on October 16 according to Re/code.
 
Apple is expected to make three major announcements at the event: new iPads, Retina iMacs, and the public availability of OS X Yosemite.
 
We first caught word of the new iPads back in June when revised body shells for the devices leaked onto the web. The second generation iPad Air and third generation iPad mini are expected to gain many of the features seen on the iPhone 6/iPhone 6 Plus including an Apple A8 processor, Touch ID, 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 4.1, and support for Apple Pay. Apple is also expected to take a page from the iPhone’s book and add gold to the color options for iPads.
 
It would be interesting to see what Apple does with storage on the new iPads, as Apple ditched the 32GB models of the new iPhones and went with 16GB, 64GB, and 128GB capacities. Perhaps Apple will go the same route with the new iPads, or at least start off with 32GB in the base system.

 

The other big hardware announcement for October 16 is rumored to be a Retina upgrade for Apple’s popular iMac line of all-in-one desktop computers. Apple’s current 27” iMac tops out at 2560x1440, so a standard “Retina” upgrade would mean a screen with a resolution of 5120x2880. However, 9to5Mac states that screen resolutions of 6400x3600, 5760x3240, and 4096x2304 have shown up in Yosemite betas that could point to three more possibilities for Apple’s next generation iMac.


Yosemite wil promote increased protectivity betwen iOS devices and Macs with Continuity and Handoff
 
Finally, Apple is expected to make the completed version of OS X Yosemite available to customers. Yosemite achieved Golden Master status on Tuesday of this week and Apple is already requesting that developers submit apps to be reviewed for the Mac App Store.


Updated 10/8/2014 @ 2:29pm EST
Apple has just sent out invites confirming the October 16 date for its fall event:
 

Sources: Re/code, 9to5Mac





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