Apple is said to hold an iPad event on October 22 to announce the next versions of iPad, the iPad 5th generation and the iPad mini. Update: The Apple's iPad event was held on October 22th, 2013, Tuesday, conform with the previous schedule. During the event, Apple introduced iPad Air (the fifth-generation iPad), iPad mini with Retina display (the second generation of the iPad mini), Mavericks OS X, and upgraded Mac Pro.
The interesting thing is that the date is the same as Nokia's Nokia World event, which is going to take place in Abu Dhabi and is expected to bring new Lumia phones. What's more, it is also the same day that Microsoft Surface 2 tablets go on sale.
There is an earlier rumor that Apple would hold its new iPad event on October 15, but this time, the October 22 date seems more reasonable. Typically, Apple would send out invitations one week before its products going to release. We should see invites go out around October 15 if Apple's iPad event is scheduled on October 22.
The iPad 5 and the iPad mini are highly expected to come on October 22 with some new features.
The iPad 5 is believed to have a similar design to the iPad mini, with a thinner shell and screen frame. It should run Apple's new A7 processor, iOS 7 and feature a hopped-up camera. Update: The iPad Air has a 9.7-inch screen. It is lighter, thinner, and faster than its predecessor at just 1 pound, 0.3 inches thick and now features the company's faster 64-bit A7 chip. The iPad Air also has a redesigned look that's very similar to that of the iPad mini and its side frame is now 43% narrower than that of its predecessors. This new tablet starts at $499 for a 16-gigabyte Wi-Fi-only model and $629 for an LTE-enabled 16GB version. If you want the iPad Air, you can go to get it on its first order date November 1st.
The iPad mini is also expected to run the A7 processor, together with a new Retina display. Update: iPad mini with Retina display has a 7.9-inch screen with A7 processor, and it features 2,048-by-1.568-pixel resolution, just like that of the 9.7-inch iPad Air. Apple said on the iPad event that the iPad mini with Retina display will roll out in November at the price of the $399, but on exact date was given.
Some reports said that both the new iPads will have the Apple's newest fingerprint sensor technology, called Touch ID, which has already resided in iPhone 5S.
It is said that along with the iPad mini and iPad 5, there will also be the Mac Pro and OS X Mavericks.
Update: On the Tuesday iPad event, Apple announced that the Mavericks OS X is free. It adds a number of new features, including new Maps and iBook apps. Mavericks OS X will also improve the battery life and speed of Macs. Apple also announced the Mac Pro's price starting at $2,999. The price is for the base model of the redesigned heavy duty Apple desktop, which comes with 256 GB of storage and uses a 3.7GHz quad-core Xeon processor. Apple hasn't yet given an exact release date for the Mac Pro, but said it would be available before the end of 2013.
The location where Apple will hold its iPad event on October 22 hasn't yet confirmed, but many resources pointed out that Apple won't host this iPad show at San Jose's California Theatre, which is the location of the last year's event, 2012.
Some analysts said that it is possible that Apple will hold this year's iPad event at its Cupertino campus or the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Update: Apple's iPad event is held at the Yerba Buena Center of the Arts in San Francisco. The event begins at 10:00 Am Pacific Time (1:00 PM Eastern Time).comments powered by Disqus