Apple invite (October 2014)

Following claims by ReCode’s well-informed John Paczkowski that Apple’s been prepping to hold an iPad-focused media event on October 16, the Cupertino company on Wednesday morning confirmed the report by issuing invites to select members of the press, The Loop first reported.

Featuring a colorful Apple logo outline adorned by the the tagline “It’s been way too long,“ the invite prompts the media to attend the event which begins at 10:00am Pacific / 1pm Eastern at the firm’s Town Hall Auditorium in Cupertino, California.

BTW, grab your event wallpapers here.

The media conference is widely expected to serve as a launchpad for new iPads, namely the second-generation iPad Air with Touch ID fingerprint scanning.

We’re also expecting the public release of OS X Yosemite and maybe even an Apple TV hardware refresh and a few additional goodies, such as a Retina-enabled 12-inch MacBook Air in Space Gray, Silver and Gold, a brand new “5K” Thunderbolt Display and Retina iMacs.

The iPod lineup — especially the iPod touch — is ripe for refresh, too. Note that the beleaguered iPod classic got phased out ahead of the iPhone 6 keynote.

Given the steady decline in iPod sales ever since the original iPhone was introduced, it’s entirely conceivable that Apple might even opt to exit the standalone MP3 player market altogether.

In terms of the iPad Air 2, we’re expecting a number of rumored features including a new speaker grille design, a relocated microphone, a brand new anti-reflective screen coating, Touch ID, an in-house designed A8, or an improved A8X chip, possibly with 2GB of RAM for the rumored split-screen multitasking function.

There should be a gold colorway, too. The device isn’t expected to feature NFC, meaning Apple’s upcoming mobile payments solution, Apple Pay, could only be supported for online payments on the tablet.

Earlier today, Vietnamese blog Tinhte.vn posted a series of images depicting what appears to be a prototype chassis or a dummy unit for the iPad Air 2.

iPad Air 2 (tinhte.vn 006)

The photos show the Touch ID sensor on a thinner device and no mute switch on the side.

iPad Air 2 (tinhte.vn 003)

The device is said to measure just 7 millimeters thick. By comparison, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are 6.9mm and 7.1mm thin, respectively, and the iPhone 5s measures 7.6mm in depth.

Stay tuned as iDownloadBlog will be providing 24/7 coverage of the event to bring you all the news as it happens. Let the guessing game begin — feel free to share your expectations with fellow readers down in the comments.

[The Loop]

  • Manuel Molina

    New iPod Touches?

    • Andrew Roth

      Yes. I have no idea why iDB never mentions them but they’ll be there.

      • Jeffrey Feuerstein

        Nope. The iPod Classic got cancelled, the iPods have been going trough some rough sales and every year until now, the new iPod line-ups have been announced simultaneously with the new iPhones. I think the iPod has come to an end, there will not be a new iPod line-up ever again.

      • Andrew Roth

        iPod Classic has absolutely nothing to do with the Touch. The classic hasn’t been updated in several years, while the Touch is updated once every two years. It’s been two years. It will be there.

      • Jeffrey Feuerstein

        Well see…

      • Jeffrey Feuerstein

        BTW, as I said, the new iPod line-ups have been announced simultaneously with the new iPhones but they haven’t this year which indicated that the iPod line will not be updated. Apple has a habit of announcing their products together with the same products every time so they won’t just shove the iPod line together with the iPads and Macs. Also, there haven’t been ANY rumors of new iPods, which is weird…

      • Andy

        The iPod classic wasn’t updated in several years and was the last remaining product sold to use Apple’s old 30 pin connector along the iPhone 4S. The iPod touch line has been updated every two years since 2010. Even though the iPod touch line doesn’t sell as much as iPhone or iPad, it’s still used by a lot of people worldwide.

        Not everyone can afford an iPhone, and don’t tell me it only costs $200 on a 2 year contract when it actually costs over $1000 when you add up those costs over 2 years. That’s only in the US too. In Europe, these devices are even more expensive, they literally change the $ sign to € (euro) so it’s at least €1000.

      • Jeffrey Feuerstein

        Lol I live in The Netherlands where it indeed costs 945 dollars, or 700 euro’s, and I really wasn’t going to use that defence because I never bought an iPhone with a contract and I find the 100/200/300 dollar prices bullcrap too. I also know that the iPod line has been updated every two years since 2010, but what I ALSO know is that the iPods don’t really bring Apple any profit and that the iPod line has been doing really poor lately. The fall of the iPod line has been rumored a lot the last couple of years so there’s a real chance it will be cancelled.

      • Jeffrey Feuerstein

        Guess I was right… Or wasn’t I?

      • Bryan James Bassett

        He mentioned it, it may be discontinued. iPod touches dont really have a market anymore.

      • I disagree. the demographic for the iPod Touch is people that don’t own an iPhone but want a good media player of which there’s a surprisingly a large amount of people. Even now in the year 2014 I can’t think of a better and well known media player than the iPod. The reason the market hasn’t grown much IMHO is because Apple tends to neglect them and doesn’t update them as often as the iPhone.

      • Jeffrey Feuerstein

        Exactly!

      • Eliot A Anderson

        I disagree, “Music runs deep in the heart of Apple” is something said by them all the time. They’ll absolutely never stop striding for the future of portable music.

      • Jeffrey Feuerstein

        Guess the iPod did get cancelled huh… Or do you still think it’ll come?

      • Tony Trenkle Jr.

        Well last year there wasnt…and we havent really heard any rumors of them so thats probably why they dont mention them.

      • Jeffrey Feuerstein

        Then always got released simultaneously with the new iPhones and this year they didn’t, so my guess is we won’t see any new iPods ever again.

      • Andrew Roth

        They were with iPads last year, they will be again. They’re on a two year update cycle. Just wait and see….

      • Jeffrey Feuerstein

        No they were with the iPhone 5 2 years ago…

      • Jeffrey Feuerstein

        The latest iPod line was announced simultaneously with the iPhone 5 in 2012, not with the iPad last year. The iPhone 6 has been announced without the iPods this year and they will not come with the iPad next week. They got cancelled, believe me. We’ll see next week.

      • Jeffrey Feuerstein

        They weren’t there… WHERE AE THEY? Oh yeah, they got cancelled…

      • Andrew Roth

        There were two years between the iPod 4 and 5 as well. This is another two year refresh cycle.

      • Sammy Malin

        It’s because no one cares about iPods anymore

      • andy

        Hmmm im not sure about that mate…….its hard now, maybe but maybe not will see 😛

    • Maxim∑

      mac mini’s I think. iPod is done

      • Andrew Roth

        You have that backwards. Just watch.

      • Maxim∑

        the invite logo literally directly matches the 30th mac birthday logo

      • Andy

        The “It’s been a long time” could mean anything. Apple haven’t updated Mac mini, Apple TV or the iPod lineup in 2 years. And no, I don’t think the iPod touch is going to die so easily when it’s the closest thing to an iPhone without the phone (or contract).

      • Jeffrey Feuerstein

        iPod got cancelled. Believe me.

      • Jeffrey Feuerstein

        Good noticing!

      • Sloth

        who are you? a wannabe apple employe?

      • Andrew Roth

        Me? That’s who I am, yeah, but it doesn’t matter who I am.

    • elliwhi

      Oh how I hope for a new model of iPod Touch D:

    • andy

      Yes!!! any rumours about that!?
      Im an ipod user!!! and i hope so

  • Manor

    New Mac Mini or Apple TV?

    • Andrew Roth

      Probably not.

      • Sloth

        Die

    • Kevin Osborne

      The staff has stated on multiple occasions that they’re tired of people posting this image.

      • Jeff

        No love for Reggie? Come onnnn.

      • Manor

        Where?

      • Anmol Malhotra

        Just wait to see your comment get deleted by staff! 😀

      • Manor

        What is wrong with this photo? They even wrote it in one of their articles.

      • Tobias9413

        I honestly hate this picture. It’s not funny anymore. Way too over used on iDB. I didn’t mind it at first but now it’s like every rumor post this picture pops up like three times

      • Bryan James Bassett

        yeah

      • Jeffrey Feuerstein

        Yup, starting to look like Facebook hahah:P

  • Jason Baroni

    I hope it won’t be way too expensive.

    • Andrew Roth

      It’s Apple. Of course it will be.

      • Jason Baroni

        Andrew, you should come to Brazil… your expensive is my cheap. I say it with all the respect, of course.

      • Matt Taylor

        I’ll come Brazil, London is cold and boring!

      • Jason Baroni

        Don’t forget your iDevices! Besides, if you want to change my home in Sao Paulo, Brazil, to your home in London, we keep in touch ahahahahaha

      • Bob

        I agree, living in Lindon sucks.

      • Andrew Roth

        I’ll come to Brazil. Gladly.

      • Sloth

        you suck

      • Jason Baroni

        You’ll be certainly welcome! But mind you to don’t buy Apple here hahaha

      • Sloth

        DoC

    • Jeffrey Feuerstein

      Probably same prices.

      • Jason Baroni

        We may see the iPad Pro (/Plus?) and the Retina MacBook Air… it already sounds more expensive.

      • Jeffrey Feuerstein

        True true, I give iPad Pro a 60% chance and the MacBook Air with Retina display a 20% chance. I think the iPad Pro will, just like the iWatch, a ‘one more thing’ which will be released in early 2015.

      • Jason Baroni

        Yeah! I think it will be shown like the iPad mini, not an “one more thing” but for sure “something more”.

      • Jeffrey Feuerstein

        That’s possible too, I guess we’ll see in a week;).

      • Jason Baroni

        Good luck for us!

      • Jeffrey Feuerstein

        Hahah yeah, I’ll definitely be watching.

    • jack

      poor brazilians

    • Andrew

      Everything’s price is the same. Every year.

  • GadgetQueenn

    AppleTV, Mac Mini, iMac.

    • Andrew Roth

      Apple TV maybe but highly doubtful there will be any new Macs.

      • Jeffrey Feuerstein

        Apple TV maybe, new iMacs with retina displays and new MacBook Pro’s with Retina displays for sure!

      • Sloth

        DoA

  • Jeffrey Feuerstein

    Maybe a new Apple TV! ‘I’ts been way too long’ since the Apple TV 3 was released for sure! And since iOS 8.1 beta 2 code says HomeKit got enbled on the Apple TV, it wouldn’t be a surprise if they would come with a new Apple TV!

  • Andrew Roth

    Race: Who can make the same exact wallpaper for the other hundred people do?

    • Sloth

      gtfo

  • Jeffrey Feuerstein

    My guess: first the new iPad Air 2, then new MacBook Pro’s with Retina displays, then new iMacs with Retina displays following a brief OS X Yosemite release and then, maybe as ‘one more thing’, the Apple TV 4!

    • Andrew Roth

      iPod Touch 6.

      • Jeffrey Feuerstein

        I don’t think so…

    • Kurt

      iPad Mini with Retina 2 <—such a longggggggg name

      • Jeffrey Feuerstein

        Yeah hahah, but it could also simply be iPad Mini 3 because apple named the normal iPad iPad with retina display only once too.

      • Kurt

        I’m sure it will be different. The iPads get new name each year. Hopefully we won’t see, “New iPad” as a name ever again lol

      • Jeffrey Feuerstein

        Yeah true hahah, I’m curious:P

  • a0135

    Its been way too long since last ipod touch and also mac mini, so I want to see at least one of them. The colors reminds me of last ipod touch-es, but this event should be focused primarily on the nest ipad and apple is also focused on money and two devices that I mentioned early just dont satisfy them enough in this way, but I would love to be prove wrong by this company…what do you think?

  • I would love to see a new interface for the AppleTV, not just a few icons. The current design isn’t much to look at, kind of a mess. Having said that, I can understand a new AppleTV device with microphone built into the box and the remote for easier use. But it’s going to be interesting to see if that’s all they bring to the table if released. AppleTV 3 hardware wasn’t pushed much at all and I still feel like an app store could have been accomplished on it.

  • Flabalanche

    maybe we can use a mouse on the ipad now. That’s been to long

  • momerathe

    Where’s my goddamn new Mac mini?!

  • Yash Gorana

    Way too long?

    ORIGINAL iPod UPDATE.

  • Mohammed

    “Its been way too long ”
    Maybe they are just trolling those who ordered the IPhone 6+ a month ago and didn’t get it till now.

    • Vince Reedy

      Or haven’t received it yet. Like me. It has been way too long.

  • iPodDroid

    I”m Genuinely more excited to see if they announce new iPod’s than iPads lol

    • Kurt

      I hope Its been way too long refers to getting rid of the iXxxxx naming

  • I’m hoping the “it’s been way too long” is referencing a new Apple TV.

  • Eddiepradom

    Hopefully a iPad mini refresh

  • Yujin

    New Apple TV

  • Snailpo

    iPhone 6(s) probably!

  • Finally a Pippin refresh!

  • El Barto

    If anywone want, I made a wallpaper of this.

  • Ian Leon

    Steve comes back

  • I wonder if iTunes Radio will finally be made available in the UK

  • Dan

    Apple – It’s been way too long since you’ve given us your money

  • Ian Leon

    That subscribe for more little intro on the videos is not very iDB. Come on guys

  • Ian Leon

    Google Maps is coming back to iOS by default