Expected hunches for new Apple lineup

Marcus Seegers, Multimedia Editor

You all know Apple Inc. right? The massive tech giant that brought classics like the iPod and iPhone. Apple will be having a tech event on Tues. Oct. 22. You are probably thinking, “didn’t Apple just have a big tech conference when they announced the iPhone 5s?” You would be correct in assuming that.
However, this is Apple’s iPad event. Apple usually announces some new computers and software as well. So the major question is what can you expect from this event? Well, I think the following four topics will likely be covered at the conference.

1. iPads
There will be two new iPads’ if Apple sticks with their usual pattern. There will be an iPad 5, which will sport an upgraded processor and graphics, as well as a complete redesign of it’s exterior. The iPad 5 will take modeling quos from the iPad mini and they will have relatively the same design look. This means the iPad 5 will likely be smaller then its’ predecessor, but still have the same screen size. This will be possible by making the bezel on the iPad smaller. Although, consumers are  hoping that Apples’ new Touch ID will be included in both new iPads, this is yet unconfirmed.
Apple will probably add a faster processor to the iPad mini. The big news in what the iPad mini 2 will be sporting is a retina display. Apple decided to exclude this feature from the first model and Apple’s competitors have been creating tablets with higher resolution displays. However, Apple will need to add a new retina just to keep up.

2. New Macs
It has been Apples policy to show off new Mac’s during the iPad event. Which is why, it is very likely that they will introduce the new upgrade for Mac’s this year as well as the price of the new Mac Pros. I do not expect huge changes in the Mac area this time around, but if Apple is doing their job right they will surprise me with something unique and all new. It is almost certain the computers will get some new hardware such as better battery life, faster processors, and more ram or hard drive options. It is also possible that Apple could cut the prices of their computers as they have done in the past.

3. OSX Mavericks
OSX Mavericks is Apple’s latest version of their computer software. It would be very surprising if they did not release this product right after the event, especially since they already gave us a sneak peak of the software several months ago. This is why I don’t think Apple will announce anything mind blowing in the computer department because I think it will be more focused on the software.

4. iPods
Honestly, I am waiting for iPods to stop selling. The only ones I have seen people use are the iPod touches and the shuffles. There are a few nerds who wear the Nano’s on their wrist. Other than that, I don’t see very many people using music players because we all have them on our phones. Of course, Apple still produces them so they must be selling a few here and there. The event could see new iPods. The only reason I think it has such a high chance is because Apple has released new iPods every year. Who knows, maybe they’ll change that and not release a new iPod line, but I doubt it.
The Apple event is just in time for the holidays. If you have been waiting for some new tech to hit the streets before Christmas this is going to be one of the bigger events leading up to the holidays. I am hoping for big news in the Apple TV department or maybe an iWatch, but I am not expecting either of those things. Even if Apple doesn’t have anything jaw dropping to show to the world, there will still be some good upgrades and fun gadgets. Enjoy the new tech.