October 23 Apple event rumors: MacBooks, iMacs, Mac minis

Summary:In addition to the iPad mini, Apple could announce a 13" MacBook Pro, refreshed Mac minis and iMacs and a "slightly tweaked" full-sized iPad with Lightning and LTE in the UK.

California Theatre in San Jose, California - Jason O'Grady

Apple today invited select members of the media to a special event on Tuesday, October 23 at 10 a.m. PT at the California Theatre in San Jose, California (above). The invitation (received by CNET) features the top of a white Apple logo over top of a sand art background with a short caption that reads only "We've got a little more to show you." 

It's pretty obvious that Apple will launch a new 7.85-inch "iPad mini" at the event (9to5Mac is reporting 24 new iPad SKUs alone) but the real question is: what else could Apple announce at the event?

A raft of rumors suggest that Apple could announce several other pieces of new hardware at the event, including:

  • 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display -- Codenamed "D1" it inherits the thinner and lighter enclosure of the 15-inch Retina MBP that was released in June 2012.
  • Ivy Bridge Mac mini -- Including Ivy Bridge, USB 3.0 in two standard configurations and a third model with OS X Server.
  • Updated 10-inch iPad -- A "slight tweak" with Apple's new Lightning connector and 4G/LTE in the UK.
  • Refreshed iMacs -- Code names "D7" and "D8" could be updated 21-inch and 27-inch iMac models.

Apple isn't likely to announce five new hardware products on October 23 -- the tweaked full-sized iPad and iMacs are the outliers -- but two or three out of five isn't outside the realm of possibility and the 13-inch Retina MBP seems the most likely. 

It's unclear is if the new iPad mini will be Wi-Fi only or if it will include LTE connectivity like its big brother. Also up for debate is the price. My money is on $249 for the starting configuration.

What's on your Q4 Apple shopping list?

Topics: Apple, iPad

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Jason D. O'Grady developed an affinity for Apple computers after using the original Lisa, and this affinity turned into a bona-fide obsession when he got the original 128 KB Macintosh in 1984. He started writing one of the first Web sites about Apple (O'Grady's PowerPage) in 1995 and is considered to be one of the fathers of blogging.... Full Bio

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