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Updated MacBook Pros, iPads, and Mac Pro All Reportedly Expected by Mid-November

Apple is set to release refreshed MacBook Pro models, new iPads, and the newly designed Mac Pro all by mid-November, according to French website MacGeneration [Google Translate]. The report shares target dates for each new product, with the new MacBook Pros with Intel's Haswell processors expected to be released on October 24 or 25, the iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 on October 30 or 31, and the release of the Mac Pro expected on November 15.

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The website's projection for a new line of MacBook Pros is somewhat likely, with both the 13-inch and 15-inch models showing up in benchmarks over the past couple of months as a release has seemed inevitable. The new line of laptops is expected boast improved battery life due to Intel's power-efficient Haswell processors, along with the more powerful "Iris" integrated graphics found in the chipset. Other potential features for the upcoming laptops include faster PCI Express-based flash storage, as well as faster 802.11ac "Gigabit" Wi-Fi.

Meanwhile, an expected release of the fifth-generation iPad and the second-generation iPad mini seems less likely on the given days of Ocotber 30 or 31, due to the iPad 4 and iPad mini launching on Friday, November 2 last year. Traditionally, Apple's major iOS devices have launched on the Friday of the week after the initial announcement, and thus it would appear more likely that the iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 would launch on Friday, November 1. The next-generation iPad is expected to feature a thinner design, while the upcoming iPad mini is set to feature a high-resolution Retina display.

The projected November 15 release of Apple's radically redesigned Mac Pro does seem probable, as the company announced the device back in June at WWDC for a Fall 2013 release, with the expected day of release coming two weeks before the "Black Friday" holiday shopping date across the United States. The new Mac Pro features a compact cylindrical design, along with Ivy Bridge E Xeon processors, dual AMD FirePro graphics chips, and fast PCI Express-based flash storage among other professional-grade internals.

Apple is expected to unveil both the fifth-generation iPad and the second-generation iPad mini during an October 22 event that will also showcase other Apple products such as OS X Mavericks, the Mac Pro, and potentially may also include the announcement of a refreshed MacBook Pro line.

It should be noted that MacGeneration has a mixed track record on its rumor claims, although the site claims that the source for this report had previously accurately shared word of the 16 GB iPod touch released earlier this year. But one recent high-profile miss for the site was a September claim [Google Translate] that Apple's iPad and Mac media event would take place today, October 15.

Related roundups: iPad Air, Mac Pro, iPad mini, MacBook Pro

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11 months ago
Hopefully there's an updated Mac Mini thrown into the mix.
Rating: 18 Votes
11 months ago
Do I need a new iPad - no

Will I buy one - yes
Rating: 12 Votes
11 months ago
I'm finding in the past few years Apple has been late on upgrading to the latest chipset technology.... Haswell has been out since June, and Apple used to get first dibs at unannounced technology and chips from Intel...
Rating: 8 Votes
11 months ago

What is the rMBP waiting for? Thunderbolt 2? I can't imagine it will be redesigned.


They can always take away more functionality/user serviceability and make it thinner :rolleyes:
Rating: 6 Votes
11 months ago
The thing I'm most curious about is the MacPro pricing. I really don't have a clue what the price range could be. Being assembled in USA throws a monkey wrench into any speculation on price.
Rating: 6 Votes
11 months ago
PS4 - November 15
Mac Pro - November 15

That is one expensive day.
Rating: 6 Votes
11 months ago
Apple PLEASE make a 17" MacBook Pro!
Rating: 5 Votes
11 months ago

I hope the MBP update is more than just a Haswell upgrade. They could have done that months ago. New design? New colour? Touch ID? etc.


That's my question. Maybe we'll get a rMBP in space gray. That would be nice.
Rating: 5 Votes
11 months ago
Woo Hoo !

Shortly after Nov 15, we can get our hands on the Mac Pro's .kexts in order to build a proper Hackint0sh.
Rating: 5 Votes
11 months ago

With an Apple display? Dream on. It wouldn't surprise me if the base model price is close to $3K, even though there's so much less material required to build it.


I completely agree. My guess is that a barebones nMP will be in the $2,499 to $2,799 range and that's for the 8 core model with a 256GB SSD and 8GB of RAM and the base dual Firepro video card option.

We'll have to see how much of the internals can be upgraded but given the completely unique design I'm guessing that if you don't specify some of the options as BTO you'll be out of luck down the road. This is likely going to drive many of us (myself included) to opt for more mid-tier models that will push the price closer to $4k.

As for the ACD, I'm still holding out hope for a 4K matte display...or at least the matte display is an option. As I've said before, they made such a big deal about the nMP being capable of pushing up to 3, 4K displays and editing 4K video that it seems weird to me that after all that teasing, they wouldn't offer such a beast. That said, a 4K display in the 32" range is going to set you back between $2,500 and $3,000.

So, for a mid-tier nMP and 4K display (if released), I'd say around $6,500 should do it. My 2008 MP and ACD has carried me well for more than 5 years. If a nMP and ACD go the same distance at the price mentioned above I'm looking $3.50+ a day for cost of ownership.
Rating: 4 Votes

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