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What Apple Announced At Its Thursday iPad Event

Apple’s third big show of the year—a press event at its Cupertino, Calif., headquarters on Thursday—is over. The maker of iPhones, iPads and a host of other gear may have had less to say than at previous events, but it still unveiled new iPads and some other goodies.


Below, you can find ReadWrite’s complete coverage of the event. You can also read our Twitter feed, @RWW, for our in-the-moment coverage. Here’s what we’ve posted so far:

Here’s our earlier list of predictions:

  • New versions of the iPad Air and iPad mini, all featuring Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint scanner. The new iPads should be configured to work with Apple Pay, the company’s not-yet-launched mobile-payment system (thus the need for Touch ID). Apple is expected to offer iPads in the color gold in addition to traditional “space gray” and silver.
  • New iMacs with high-resolution “retina” screens—one with a 21-inch display and another at 27 inches. The smaller model may not ship until 2015.
  • A release date for Mac OS X Yosemite, which has been in developer preview for much of the summer
  • A release date for Apple Pay (and iOS 8.1). Some clues suggest Apple will launch the payment service on October 20, which means it would also push out its iOS 8.1 update at or before that time as well.

Some iffier possibilities include:

  • A 12.9-inch mega-iPad. This possible addition to the iPad lineup has been rumored for weeks, but the latest reports suggest that production delays may push back its introduction.
  • A 12-inch MacBook with a high-resolution “retina” display. This has also been rumored for a while, though even the rumors aren’t precise; some hold this computer might be a mid-sized but high-res MacBook Air, while others hold it would be a smaller and slimmer MacBook Pro.
  • Home-automation products and details about Apple’s HomeKit. Apple announced its push into smart-home products at its Worldwide Developer Conference in June. Since then, however, there’s been no word as to how Apple’s HomeKit “hub” will work with third-party equipment or whether the company will release its own smart-home products.
  • An upgraded Apple TV streaming box. Some people have been expecting a new version of Apple TV since the spring, although it’s equally possible that an update might not happen until next year.

Looks like our predictions mostly panned out. Perhaps Apple will stage yet another big event sometime in the next month or two if it has Apple TV news or anything else it wants to get out for the holiday shopping season.

Lead photo by Apple

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