Apple is expected to step up its efforts to boost recent iPad sales with the unveiling of its latest tablet computer at an October 16 event. Recent reports have also suggested the company may unveil a new 27-inch iMac with a high-resolution Retina display and the new iPad models will feature a Touch ID fingerprint sensor.
The event will be held at Apple’s Cupertino, Calif., corporate campus next Thursday, beginning at 10 a.m. Pacific, 1 p.m. Eastern.In addition to new hardware, Apple is also expected to launch OS X Yosemite, its next-generation Mac operating system, at the event. And the company has also planning to debut Apple Pay, its mobile payment system for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, this month.
Apple’s 2014 lineup refresh is widely expected to bring add Touch ID fingerprint sensor currently exclusive to the iPhone. It’s also highly likely that the new iPads will boast the same A8 processor found in the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Another recent report suggested the next-generation iPads may also be offered in a gold color, taking after the iPhone 6 and iPhone 5s before them.
As for the new iMac, it’s rumored to feature a 27-inch Retina display with a 5K-resolution, which would mark the first time ever Apple will offer an ultra-high resolution panel on its all-in-one desktop and they are also expected to launch OS X Yosemite with updated apps soon after the October 16th event.
Apple is also said to be working on a redesigned MacBook Air with a high-resolution Retina display, but recent reports have suggested its launch may be pushed back to 2015. The new model is rumored to come in one screen size of 12 inches, and is rumored to feature a fan-less quiet design, click-less trackpad, and fewer inputs and outputs on its shrunken frame.