The iPhone launch is, for the most part, now over, and attentions have naturally turned to Apple’s secondary product releases of the calendar year. The Mac Pro, which has already been officially announced, could be just a month away from release according to a report over at French Apple blog MacGeneration, which also states that both the Intel Haswell-packing MacBook Pro and new iPads will make their way to the market by the end of October.
The iPad 5 is expected to borrow much of its form factor from the iPad mini, with a sleeker, altogether more appealing build aligning it with the smaller slate. The iPad mini, meanwhile, is expected to get an upgrade of its own, although plenty of reports have suggested that while Apple is keen to implement a Retina display, yield and various other issues mean that if it does make it to retail stores this year, it will be in incredibly short supply.
Intel’s new Haswell processors have already given MacBook Air users incredible battery life improvements thanks to their power-efficient nature, and according to the report, the upgraded notebook will be released on either 24th or 25th of October. This will mean the MacBook Pro refresh will occur a full week before the new iPads, which, says MacGeneration, will arrive on 30th or 31st of October.
The Mac Pro hasn’t seen any tangible improvement for many years, and some had begun to question whether Apple was planning on phasing out it’s beastly pro-performance computer. All of that doubt was put to rest with the unveiling of the new Mac Pro, which, aside from looking vaguely like a waste-paper bin, packs an awful lot of bite for what will undoubtedly be an equally eye-watering buck.
Many Mac Pro purists have decried the new look as too much of a step for style rather than enabling professionals to really stretch their wings. For one, the new machine is nowhere near as upgradeable as the previous generation, and although the Cupertino company has ensured that a plethora of high-end hardware makes the final cut, it will be interesting to see whether those in search of the strongest OS X experience will be taken with, or simply reject, the new-look model.
With the October 22nd iPad event invites now out in the wild, it’s a matter of days till we get a clear picture of everything.
(Source: MacGeneration [Google Translate])
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