Software, Hardware, Silverware

More to Cover

We have an event in a few hours, so let’s talk predictions.

iPads: The current iPad mini will drop from $329 to $299. It’ll come in silver, Space Gray, and maybe gold. A new, retina iPad mini with an A6(X?) will come in at $399 in the same colors. The full-size iPad will have a new, mini-style casing and start at $499. 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB for the Minis and 16, 32, 64, 128 for the full-size. The full-size will get a hinge-less Smart Cover like the mini’s.

Macs: The Macs that haven’t been upgraded to Haswell (Mac mini, MacBook Pro) will be. I don’t expect anything other than spec updates for the Retina Pros. Maybe we’ll get a 90-degree MagSafe 2 charger. The Mac Pro will be mentioned, possible with pricing and surely with a ship date. I’m guessing December.

iOS: I would expect the Apple TV to get a 7-style UI, since it has so few graphical resources to begin with. Frankly, I’m surprised it didn’t happen last month. New versions of the remaining non-7-ified Apple apps will ship: iWork, iLife, Find My Friends, Find My iPhone, Remote. 7.1 or 7.0.3 will ship with bug fixes (please fix the Control Center-when-keyboard-showing bug, pretty please) and iCloud Keychain to go along with Mavericks…

OS X: Mavericks will ship, either today or in one week. $10. Since Apple asked developers to start submitting Mavericks-ready apps last week, I’m leaning toward a release this afternoon. (Sorry, John). Here’s hoping for new versions of iWork and iLife, but the odds don’t seem great.

Wildcard: The invitation says “we have a lot more to cover”, and here’s my wild-ass guess as to what that could mean: a 12-inch iPad with a 12-inch Smart Cover.