Apple has been quiet this year. Granted, it has caused a lot of stir, but the company itself has been quite shy compared to the Apple we are used to. The events that we have seen so far this year are limited to 2: WWDC and the September 10th event. But we are expecting a lot more to be coming, so can Apple put it all into only one event? There are some conflicting opinions on that subject. The reputable Jon Gruber of Daring Fireball says that he thinks Apple will show off some new Mac hardware and software alongside the new iPads next month. However, the also reputable Mark Gurman thinks otherwise, guessing that we will see more than one event simply because of the sheer number of products we still have yet to see announced. Over on 9to5Mac, he put together this list:
- Redesigned full-sized iPad (64-bit, looks like a larger iPad mini, likely no Touch ID)
- iPad mini with Retina display (both 32-bit and 64-bit versions have been in testing, likely no Touch ID)
- iPad mini without Retina display (version with faster, A6 processor has been in testing)
- MacBook Pros with Haswell chips, improved battery life
- Haswell Mac minis
- Final OS X Mavericks details, pricing (launch targeted for late October, but sources now say there’s been internal chatter about a (very unlikely) push-back to early November
- Mac Pro tech specs, pricing, availability details
- Secret Mac-related hardware that nobody knows about coming as soon as late 2013
- New Apple TV hardware
- Redesigned first-party iOS 7 apps
- New iWork for Mac
- New iWork for iOS
- New Final Cut Pro
That is a lot of stuff. I’m with Mark on this, I’m not entirely sure Apple could squeeze all of this into one event, assuming that Apple would want to have an event for most of them. You could split it up into two easily, have the iPads/iOS software updates and maybe the new Apple TV hardware at one, and then all of the Mac hardware and software at the other. But who really knows? Mark also makes some good arguments as to why two events would just be more “efficient” for Apple. The devices would all need to be sent out for reviews, and also would have to be manufactured for release. It would put much strain on Apple’s supply chains to have all those devices rolling off the lines at the same time. With all of this still left for 2013, it seems almost unfeasible that Apple would only hold on event. Hopefully we are in for an exciting next month or two, as the first half of this year had been quite boring (prior to WWDC).
What do you think? Are you hoping for one or two events? What would you like to see at them? Let us know in the comments, or tweet me @TiP_Kyle.