Retina iPad mini and iPad Air

Now that the iPad event has wrapped up, it's time to take stock of what we got and what expectations have been left unfulfilled. Before we dive in, it's fair to note that they announced a lot - a new MacBook Pro, the iPad Air, Retina iPad mini, and lots of extras on products that have already been announced, like the launch of OS X Mavericks and the new Mac Pro's pricetag. On the whole, it's been a solid day for news, and there's really little reason to complain about anything. We're still going to find things to nitpick about, though.

TouchID on an iPad

No TouchID on the new iPads is certainly the biggest let down. This was the flashiest feature on the iPhone 5s, and without the hardware in place, we won't be seeing fingerprint scanning on an iPad until the next generation. For anyone with both an iPhone 5s and an iPad Air, they may feel like a caveman every time they have to punch in their password to authenticate an App Store purchase.


Some people might actually be thankful that we won't be getting a Kardashian iPad. Others may have appreciated some color options beyond white and black, though I'd have a hard time carrying around an iPad as colorful as an iPhone 5c. In any case, gold is proving popular with a certain crowd, and they'll be left blingless this iPad launch.

4K screens

Apple's clearly happy about the Mac Pro's ability to handle multiple 4K displays, but didn't announce any 4K displays of their own. This is the next step beyond Retina, but clearly it's still a ways out, even for Apple TV...

Apple TV update

Apple's set-top box has had a few small updates within recent memory, but nothing, even on the software side, was announced today. There were hints that we might see something, and there may yet be an update sometime before the holidays.


It might have been a far-fetched expectation to have in the first place, but the hope for a proper Apple wearable is still just a fantasy for the time being. In the meantime, Android manufacturers are going to town with their own devices, but I'm having a hard time imagining any seriously taking off. In any case, here's hoping we see something on this front in 2014.

What were your expectations?

Was there something you were looking for from today's event that didn't happen? A more specific launch date for the Mac Pro?