While it’s increasingly likely that Apple won’t be holding an October event this year, the company still has a lot on its agenda this month, with several new product launches and software releases expected in the coming weeks.
With the launch of the iPhone 14 Plus in the rearview mirror, we’ve recap below what else you can expect from Apple between now and the end of October.
iPadOS 16 with Stage Manager
Apple said iPadOS 16 will be released in October, and although the company hasn’t given a specific day of the month, Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman said the software update is on track to be released the week of Monday October 24th.
iPadOS 16 was supposed to be released in September alongside iOS 16, but Apple delayed the software update until October, likely to focus on improvements to the Stage Manager after some users criticized the feature’s various flaws. Due to the delay, the update will be released as iPadOS 16.1 instead of iPadOS 16.0.
Stage Manager was originally exclusive to iPad Pro and iPad Air models with the M1 chip, but Apple recently extended the feature to older iPad Pro models with A12X and A12Z chips, released in 2018 and 2020. The feature lacks external display support on the older models. which limits the function to four apps on the built-in display.
iPadOS 16 is compatible with all iPad Pro models, the third-generation iPad Air and later, the fifth-generation iPad mini and later, and the fifth-generation iPad and later.
New iPad Pro
Apple is expected to release updated 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models this month, with key new features that are rumored to include the M2 chip and MagSafe wireless charging support include. With Apple apparently not planning an October event this year, the new iPad Pro will likely be announced with a press release from Apple Newsroom.
Apple last updated the iPad Pro line in April 2021 with new features including the M1 chip, a Thunderbolt connector, 5G support for cellular models, a brighter display on the 12.9-inch model, and an improved 12-megapixel -Front camera with support for Apple’s Center Stage feature, which helps you stay in frame in video apps like FaceTime.
Apple is also expected to update its entry-level iPad this month with a new design consisting of a larger 10.5-inch display, a USB-C port, and a flat-edged chassis with a rear camera hump. Other rumors include an A14 Bionic chip and 5G support for cellular models.
iOS 16.1 with Live Activity and more
Apple is likely to release iOS 16.1 alongside iPadOS 16.1 this month as the latest betas of each update share the same build number. The software update will include several new features for the iPhone, such as These include support for Live Activity in third-party apps, a Clean Energy Charging option in the US, support for Matter accessories in the Home app, Apple Fitness+ workouts without an Apple Watch, and more.
Apple is also expected to release iOS 16.2 before the end of the year, as there are still promised iOS 16 features like Emergency SOS via Satellite and Apple’s new collaborative whiteboard app Freeform that have yet to be released.
Apple said macOS Ventura will be released in October, but the company didn’t give a specific date. It’s likely that macOS Ventura will be released along with iOS 16.1 and iPadOS 16.1 in the last week of October, especially given that macOS Monterey, iOS 15.1 and iPadOS 15.1 were all released on Monday October 25th last year.
macOS Ventura features a custom version of Stage Manager to keep Windows front and center, a redesigned System Preferences app, support for using an iPhone as a Mac webcam, brand new Clock and Weather apps, and more.
In late August, Gurman said Apple was working on new MacBook Pro, Mac mini, and Mac Pro models with M2-series chips, adding that we’ll “probably see at least a couple of these machines in about two months.” coincides with October. Gurman now believes the new Mac Pro will launch closer to 2023, but there’s still a chance the MacBook Pro and Mac mini will be updated alongside macOS Ventura this month.
Rumors have it that the new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models will come with M2 Pro and M2 Max chips, but feature few other changes. The new Mac mini is expected to be updated with the M2 and M2 Pro chip options.
Other dates to remember
- The Back-to-School promotion in Europe is ending soon: Apple’s annual back-to-school offer ends October 17 in European countries like the UK, Germany, Italy and Spain. So act fast if you’re a student interested in an Apple Gift Card worth up to £120 or €150 towards the purchase of a qualifying new Mac or iPad.
- Ask Apple Sessions: Apple this week announced “Ask Apple,” a new series of interactive questions and answers and one-on-one consultations that allow developers to connect directly with Apple employees for insight, support, and feedback. The first Ask Apple sessions will take place from October 17th to 21st.
- Result report: Apple will report its fourth-quarter 2022 results on October 27 at 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time.