Apple's big keynote previewed: new iPad Pros and more

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Apple announced three new iPhones including the iPhone XR, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max in its September keynote event.

A new entry-level laptop to replace the ageing MacBook Air - the company's entry-level laptop that Steve Jobs originally pulled out of a manila envelope a decade ago. The latter is expected to be unwrapped on Tuesday. My colleague Jason Perlow has his predictions for what Apple will announce on October 30, but let's take a look at some of the rumors. This will be the most radical redesign yet similar to how the iPhone X had changed their smartphone appearance moving forward.

A new iPad Pro with Face ID. That's a change from the current lineup of 10.5 and 12.9 inches. Hidden within the depths of iOS is an iPad Pro icon which all but confirms what the new form factor will bring to the table.

The iPad Pro update comes at an important time for the device, which hasn't been refreshed since mid-2017, and is the most significant in the product's history.

On the latest iPhone XS, Face ID still doesn't work in landscape mode and hopefully, Apple will address this on the latest iPad since it's going to be used in landscape mode a lot.

The iPad Pro features a battery life of around 10-hours which is certainly enough to last most long-haul flights.

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Rumors point to both iPad Pro models being 5.9mm slim which would make them thinner than the 6.1mm iPad Air 2.

The iPad Pro is the best tablet you can buy right now but it's also very expensive. With the switch to USB-C for connectivity, it is unclear as of now if the company will include a USB-C to 3.5mm dongle with the tablet or not.

One other issue with the current iPad is the time it takes to charge.

Apart from its refreshed 2018 iPad Pro lineup, Apple is also expected to unveil a new low-priced MacBook lineup. Well, maybe not, after all - though we think the new MacBook Air will keep the relatively affordable price, as that's one of the reasons it keeps selling. Based on his previous predictions, Kuo is sure that this computer will be a replacement to the MacBook Air, with a 13-inch Retina display to replace the fuzzy low-res display on the old Air. As per rumors, the new MacBook will be priced from anywhere between $999 to $1,200. The new iPads will also come with a Face ID scanner. The new MacBook Air will come with improved internals and also design and software. Both these options will be accessible to those owning iPhones, iPads, Macs, or iPods, where the Apple website option can be accessed from the Safari browser. Its iMac lineup was also last updated nearly 1.5 years ago.

As for the desktops, it would make the most sense if there was one new 21-inch iMac, a new 27-inch iMac, and a Mac Mini.

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