What Can We Expect from Apple’s Media Event on March 07th…

As the longingly anticipated media event from Apple draws near.  I thought I would jot down some rumors that have been floating around the Internet for the past few weeks of what Tim Cook and his colleagues could possibly announce at this event, and then later update what they actually do release.

These media events very rarely focus around one single product, but we all know what the star of the show is likely to be… right?

iPad HD (iPad 3rd Generation)

At the very top of the list is of course the third generation of the iPad device.  Apart from the usual expectations of any new device like the iPad, it is more than likely that we will see the processor increased in performance, more memory, better screen.

Rumors of what the iPad 3 is expected to have:

  • The iPad is expected to be now called the iPad HD, with Apple moving away from the traditional naming conventions.
  • New Dual-Core A5X Processor.
  • Multiple LTE and 3G Capabilities.
  • The iPad HD is expected to have 1 Gigabyte of RAM.
  • A higher resolution Retina Display.
  • Better Camera’s

Update to the iOS Software

With any new hardware release like the iPad comes an update in the software it runs.  iOS 5.1 has been in beta status for some time now, although it is unsure exactly what features will be released with this iteration, but it is expected to be heavily modified.

Update to Apple TV

The Apple TV project has always been labelled as ‘a hobby’ for Apple, and although there are many rumors are floating around that Apple is actually working a television set that will incorporate the features of this compact set-top box.  It is expected that Apple will release an update version, incorporating 1080p Video support, Bluetooth 4.0 and new input methods.

It is highly unlikely that any form of Siri incorporation will be seen, but not completely impossible, certainly would be interesting to see what Apple will use Siri’s functionality on this device.

MacBook Pro Refresh

Early indication’s also point to the possibility of Apple announcing a refresh of their MacBook Pro line.  It is possible Apple could release a 13″ and 15″ MacBook Pro model to reflect the wafer-thin form factor that of the MacBook Air.  As technology progresses and CDs/DVDs become less and less widely used, it is not completely impossible that Apple would introduce a smaller and lighter version of the MacBook Pro with not media drive.  I know I certainly do not use CDs and DVDs all that much anymore, the majority of things are now digital files, all my TV shows and Movies are stored on a hard drive, music in better quality than CD MP3s or Loss-less formats.

I only hope whatever the do to the next MacBook Pro, the price is reasonable, I have been looking to replace my aging 2006 MacBook Pro for some time.

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That’s it for now.  I will update this post with anything that is said from this event that is scheduled for 10am PST or 1pm EST (that is approximately 6pm GMT) today.

What would you like to see released/announced at today’s event?  Let us have your thoughts in the comments below.

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