Well, it's official: Apple is holding an event on Oct. 16th that will reportedly air out its stale iPad. But as they often do, the invitation to the event included a cryptic tagline: "It's been way too long."
Taken at face value, it's simply a note about how long it's been since Apple released a new iPad (about a year). But these little taglines often hint at deeper, hidden meanings. In this case, it seems likely that Apple may be hinting at another refresh for a long-overdue product line. So what are the most likely contenders? With help from the excellent MacRumors buyers guide, we took a look at the Apple products that have gone the longest without a new model.
It's been a long time since Apple updated its Thunderbolt display: More than three years, in fact. It's possible that a new Thunderbolt—perhaps even a retina one!—could be in our future, though we probably shouldn't expect it given that displays aren't usually given quite this much attention.
The next oldest song in Apple's book, Apple TV, is also a difficult one to predict. We've seen Apple working steadily towards new software and app updates, but the hardware has been the same for quite some time. We could see a new version next week, especially as Apple's smart home ambitions grow.
It's been almost exactly two years since Apple last updated its super-cheap, super-simple little computer. Considering the updates it's given its other desktop models, this baby is long overdue for some love.
Sure, we got a retina update to the iPad Mini last year. But given that Apple is probably planning a design update to the iPad Air, it's possible that the Mini will also get a few updates, like Touch ID.
Apple's overhaul of the Mac Pro last fall makes it fairly unlikely that it'll be on the list of updated products, outside of a possible spec bump.
This spring, we saw the MacBook Air get a little update and a price cut. But don't let that deceive you; it's more than likely there's a new MacBook Air with a retina display in our future. The question is whether that future is next week or next year.
Likewise, it's only been a few months since the last iMac upgrade—but we'll more than likely get majorly overhauled model next week with Retina screens that will be welcomed by anyone who sits in front of one all day.
Anything else you want to see updated or that you think might get some love? Let us know in the comments below!
Lead image: Michael Hession.