Earlier we came across a report indicating that Apple might be planning to launch their new 14-inch and 16-inch Macbook Pro models, this month. Later, it was also rumored that the company might skip the October launch event completely this year, and release its products through Press Releases. Well, it seems like there’s no event this time after all as Apple will reportedly speak at the WSJ conference, and it’s likely about their latest hardware and software products.
Apple to Speak At The Wall Street Journal Conference On 25th October
A recent tweet from Mark Gurman states that Greg Joswiak (Apple SVP Marketing) and Craig Federighi (Apple SVP Software Engineering) will be speaking at the Wall Street Journal Conference on October 25th.
Slipped under the radar, but @gregjoz and Craig Federighi are speaking on Oct. 25th at the WSJ conference in Laguna Beach. Something tells me they will have plenty to discuss.
— Mark Gurman (@markgurman) October 13, 2022
Later, Joanna Stern of the Wall Street Journal confirmed this statement in a reply to Gurman’s tweet where she mentioned that she is the one conducting the interview.
Damn. Scooped on my own interview!
— Joanna Stern (@JoannaStern) October 13, 2022
That leaves zero room for any doubt about Apple being involved at the WSJ Conference and it’s probably great news for both the tech industry and everyone waiting for Apple’s refreshed product line.
Apple’s October 25 Announcements – What To Expect?
While not having an Apple event is going to be a bummer for some, that doesn’t mean we’re not going to get new products. If you recall, this was the exact same way Apple announced the AirPods Max. So, the simple fact is, Apple will probably still announce new products, but maybe not all of them.
The company didn’t release iPadOS 16 to the public in September and it is expected to roll out this month instead. So, iPadOS might steal some of the show. However, I am still expecting a refresh to the iPad Pros which will be equipped with the new M2 chip. The regular baseline iPad is expected to switch to USB Type-C this year, and maybe even a slight redesign can be on its way.
The same goes for the new 24-inch iMac as it’s also expected to be upgraded to M2 while the rest of the device won’t be changing much. As it’s going to require most of the same hardware, it is going to be easy for Apple to produce, and that’s why I’m expecting the refreshed iMac from October 25th as well.
Coming to the new Macbook Pros, the 14-inch and 16-inch powerhouses are awaiting the M2 Pro and M2 Max upgrades. We may see announcements for those as well or maybe the company will talk about the new SoCs and release the products in a Press release later on.
Delays can always happen though. With the chip shortage and the increased TSMC prices, I won’t be surprised if some of these products are announced sometime later this year, or at least their availability gets pushed by a month or two. However, it’s a good sign that Apple is not skipping over everything instead. Will the prices increase a lot? That’s something we’ll have to see once the products and their availability are announced.