Being the consummate Apple watcher (no pun intended, truly) that I am, I figured it was time to run down the list of rumors, followed by how likely we feel each item is to show up. Most of us have taken that to mean that the Apple Watch Sport will be the version to debut at that price point. The Apple Watch, which has stainless steel rather than aluminum, will be next, followed by the 18 carat gold Apple Watch Edition model.
Rumor: Apple will launch iOS 8.2 alongside the Apple Watch.
This rumor seems pretty solid. The Apple Watch will need a software update and iOS 8.2, which has been seeded to developers for quite some time, will fill that void.
Interestingly, Apple is also beta testing iOS 8.3, which brings in some additional features, including new diverse emoji. This leads us to think Apple might launch iOS 8.2 before the Apple Watch officially arrives and iOS 8.3 not long after it ships.
Accuracy Rating: We’re 100% confident Apple will release iOS 8.2 with or right before the Apple Watch hits stores. We’re 90% certain we could see the update hit phones and tablets as early as next week.
Rumor: Apple will release updated Broadwell-based MacBook Air and MacBook Pro with Retina notebooks.
It’s been almost a year since Apple last updated its notebook line. The MacBook Air last got a speed bump at the end of April 2014, with the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina displays last getting updated at the end of July 2014.
Part of the reason it has taken so long for Apple to refresh its notebook line comes down to Intel, whose Broadwell mobile chipset was delayed.
Alleged screenshot evidence of new, Broadwell-based MacBook Air machines in 11-inch and 13-inch varieties appeared earlier this week, which only bolsters the idea that Apple will give the Mac a brief shout-out on Monday before going full-force on the Apple Watch.
Accuracy Rating: We think it’s 90% likely that Apple will update its notebook line on Monday. That said, we expect these updates to be spec bumps only — moving to Broadwell and maybe slightly improved discrete graphics options for the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina.
Rumor: Apple will release the long-rumored 12-inch iPad Pro.
Personally, I have a hard time believing Apple is even planning on releasing a 12-inch iPad. Sure, it’s possible that this is a device that its partner IBM might want for the enterprise, but the truth is, tablets of that size tend to become unwieldy.
Plus, it seems like Apple releasing an iPad that is trying to be a laptop would be making the same mistake Microsoft made with the Surface and Surface 2. Microsoft finally found success with the Surface Pro 3 by selling it for what it is, a laptop that, in a pinch, could be used as a touch-screen device.
Apple has been very clear that it intends to keep iOS and OS X separate.
But even if you do believe that an iPad Pro is coming, Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal are both saying that Apple can’t ship the device until fall.
Accuracy Rating: 0%. You will not see a new iPad at the Apple Watch event. Period. Read more…