Watch the live-stream of Apple's announcement at 1 p.m. Eastern .
One month after the announcement of the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch, Apple is set to host another big event, though this one will probably be a smaller, more low-key soiree compared to September's big show. Today at 1 p.m. Eastern/10 a.m. Pacific, at a get-together on Apple's campus in Cupertino, Calif., the company is expected to talk about updates to the iPad line as well as more details and hopefully a release date for the next version of OS X, Yosemite.
New iPads are pretty much a given for Thursday's event. Expect an update to both the iPad Air and iPad mini, though the changes are expected to be on the smaller side.
Both sizes are expected to get support for TouchID, Apple's fingerprint recognition feature that debuted with iPhone 5S. There's talk of a gold version of both iPad and iPads making an appearance (currently you can get them only in space gray and silver). Expect both iPads to be both thinner and lighter than their predecessors—par for the course when it comes to new Apple hardware.
Under the hood, the new tablets should carry Apple's new A8 processor—the same one used in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. We also might see larger storage options this year; current iPads max out at 128 GB. Apple has been rumored to be working on an anti-reflective coating for iPad that would make it easier to see in direct sunlight, and its debut could be coming this Thursday.
Lastly, Apple is reportedly working on a new . (The Air has a 9.7-inch display.) But if the rumors are true, then we probably will not see a super-sized tablet from Apple until next year.
OS X Yosemite
Debuted in June at Apple's developer conference, OS X Yosemite is likely ready to make its full, public debut on Thursday. Among its many new features, the operating system works more closely with iOS 8, enabling you to do things like send and receive iMessage and SMS messages on your desktop, and even make and receive phone calls. Here's a more in-depth list of features.
Expect Yosemite to be available shortly after Thursday's event.
Retina, Retina, Retina
The iMac hasn't seen a product refresh in close to two years. It's overdue. Rumor has it that Apple will unveil a new version its desktop at the event, this one with Retina display. Apple currently offers that display option on its mobile products and the MacBook Pro; this would be the first time the HD Retina technology comes to its desktop offerings.
We may also see a long-rumored Retina MacBook Air. However, that product line was refreshed just six months ago, so we're considering a major change at this time to be unlikely. Apple is thought to be waiting for the next generation of Intel processors to put in the computers, which means we'll probably see an announcement sometime in 2015.
Neither the iPod nor Mac mini has been updated in a while. We could see a refresh on one or both Thursday, although both would be unlikely. Anyway, here's hoping for something fun and unexpected in Cupertino.