The Cupertino based company is expected to introduce to public two next-generation iPads lateron this week, but just leaked photos that purport to show inside the new device could satisfy your Apple hunger until Thursday rolls around.
The photos, which were posted online by the blog Apple.club.tw, allegedly reveal the tablet’s logic board, processor and Touch ID sensor, which is Apple’s fingerprint scanner.
If reports is true to live, the most notable and significant element is the iPad’s inclusion of an A8X chip — the bright-colored square piece, near the center, pictured below.
“It’s a souped-up version of the A8 processor in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus; the last iPad Air had the same A7 processor as the iPhone 5S,” Mashable explains. “Other earlier generations of the iPad included variants of their iPhone counterparts’ chips. The iPhone 5, for example, contained the A6 chip, while the iPad 4 used the more powerful A6X.”
Apple has the tradition to unveil new versions of their extra popular iPads every October, that is why it makes sense to expect new iPads, perhaps a bigger 12.9-inch model, next week. Sources familiar with the matter suggest that we can expect the new next generation devices to run on the powerful A8 processor fueling the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and possibly the Touch ID fingerprint scanner already available in the iPhone 5S.
The Californian tech giant is also supposed to start offering iPads in gold, sticking to the colors of the latest-generation iPhones.
The iMac, which was slightly upgraded just a few months ago, is also believd to receive a significant overhaul, one that includes a 27-inch Retina display with ultra-high resolution. References in OS X Yosemite’s beta version suggest that the company could be gunning toward 6400 x 3600, 5760 x 3240 and 4096 x 2304 resolutions, which would be the company’s first foray into the 5K arena when it comes to desktop computers.
There’s also a chance that OS X Yosemite, which is already available in beta for developers, will see public launch shortly after Oct. 16. Another thing we could expect next week is the launch of Apple Pay, Apple’s mobile payments system that allows users to pay for goods and services using their NFC-enabled iPhone 6 or Apple Watch.
“The company is also reportedly working on a redesigned Retina display 12-inch MacBook Air with a fan-less design and a click-less trackpad, but rumors say Apple has pushed back to early 2015 to introduce the new MacBook. Also allegedly up for an overdue update is the Apple TV, which the company recently acknowledged has become “more than just a hobby” when it reached 1 million sales on its set-top box. However, Apple is said to be caught in snags over negotiations with cable and content companies and is also moving the Apple TV upgrade to next year,” writes Tech Times.
The Oct. 16 event will be held at an Apple Town Hall auditorium at 10 a.m. Pacific Time.