Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is reportedly planning an event in the second half of October to launch the Mac OS X Yosemite and new version of its iPad lineup. Some sources are claiming to have spoken with “a person familiar with the company’s pre-launch logistics.” Reportedly, Apple has a bunch of new products on its unveiling list, but as per relevant sources iPads and OS X Yosemite are up for a launch. Last year we saw OS X Mavericks officially roll out around the same time.
The next generation iPad Air and iPad Mini are also expected to come with new Apple A8 processor, a better camera, fingerprint sensor with TouchID, and a new gold colour option. Bloomberg has reported that Apple is planning to release a giant 12.9 inch iPad Pro for business sometime next year.
Apple’s CEO Tim Cook is working to shake up the iPad line as sales of the tablets, Apple’s second-biggest product by revenue, have declined for two straight quarters. The company hasn’t introduced a new iPad since last October, and customers have instead been shifting to smartphones with bigger screens.
Apple begins selling its new large screen iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in stores in the U.S. later this week. The phones were unveiled last week along with a smartwatch and new mobile-payment system as Cook seeks to build out the company’s key products and move into new categories.
People familiar with the plans said last month that Apple’s suppliers recently started manufacturing an updated 9.7-inch screen iPad Air, and were also set to enter production of a new version of the iPad Mini. Suppliers are also preparing to manufacture Apple’s largest-ever iPad having a 12.9-inch screen, with production slated to begin by the first quarter of next year, people with knowledge of the matter have said.
Teresa Brewer, an Apple spokeswoman, didn’t respond for comment. Another spokeswoman, Trudy Muller also declined to comment. Also, the OS X Yosemite, when available, will be a free upgrade to all OS X Mavericks users.