Apple Special Event October 2018: How to watch and what to expect from the iPad Pro launch

Apple’s big iPad Pro launch is taking place tomorrow, 30 October, in New York City. Pocket-lint is en route to the event to bring you all the latest. The event will be the company’s second major hardware event this autumn, following the launch the new iPhone XS models at its California headquarters last month.

How to watch the Apple Event with new iPad Pro

Apple’s October Special Event is taking place at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Howard Gilman Opera House tomorrow, 30 October.

Apple typically streams the event live on its website and on Apple TV. We’ll keep you posted on further details as we learn them, but will be bringing you all the latest from the event on the day including quick first impressions pieces on the new devices. The show will kick off at 10am ET/2pm GMT and as the numerous invites sent to the media point out, the event will focus on creativity.

The various invites – a bunch of which we’ve gathered together here – look like they’re drawn with Apple Pencil. Could there be a new Apple Pencil 2, too?

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What will launch at Apple’s October Event?

Beyond the “creativity” approach, the event could focus on updates to the iPad Pro, a new Apple Pencil 2, and possibly several Mac models including a refreshed version of the MacBook Air, and what some Apple hopefuls believe is a refreshed Mac Mini.

New iPad Pro 3

The 2018 iPad Pro line is expected to feature an iPhone X-like design, meaning no Home button, slimmer bezels, and a TrueDepth camera system for Face ID. It will stick with an LCD panel, rather than OLED, and could come with a USB-C port instead of a Lightning port.

The headphone jack might also be cut from the tablet. Read our round-up of all the 2018 iPad Pro rumours.

Apple Pencil 2

There have been growing rumours that Apple will also launch an updated version of the Apple Pencil, aka the Apple Pencil 2. Leaks, gossip, and hearsay suggest that the new Pencil could have the Apple W1 chip enabling you to use it on multiple devices, a digital eraser at the end to aid drawing, and interchangeable nibs to appeal to even more artists looking for more options.

A new MacBook Air

Apart from new iPad Pro models and a new Pencil, Apple could update its MacBook line with a new 12-inch MacBook.

Apple has developed a low-cost notebook with a Retina display, according to reports, and it would serve as a follow-up to the outdated MacBook Air.

Mac Mini or Mac Mini Pro

There’s also the Mac Mini, which has ridiculously not been updated since 2014. A new version, which has been rumoured, would naturally bring upgraded internals and processors. Further rumours have pointed towards a Mac Mini Pro, which seems likely given Apple’s penchant for having Pro versions of everything.

However, we admit we’re a little saddened by the prospect of an “affordable” Mac becoming higher end. Let’s hope there’s a more basic version, too. Check out the best of our Apple videos here:

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