According to a report from AllThingsD, Apple will debut the next generation of iPad hardware at a media event on October 22.
People familiar with Apple’s plans tell AllThingsD that the company will hold its next invitation-only event on Tuesday October 22. The focal point of the gathering will the latest updates to the company’s iPad line, but new Mac Pro and OS X Mavericks will likely get some stage time as well, I’m told.
We’ve been seeing more and more leaks allegedly showing the slimmer, iPad mini-like design of the next-generation iPad 5 that we first posted images of back in January, and it’s likely Apple will debut the product alongside the much rumored second gen iPad mini later this month. The new iPad 5 is rumored to get the refreshed design and improved internals, while the second generation iPad mini is rumored to include a Retina display. The latest reliable reports claimed the two new iPads will also be receiving an upgraded 8 megapixel camera system.
AllThingsD reports that the event will include announcements regarding OS X Mavericks and the recently announced all-new Mac Pro in addition to new iPads. We first reported that Mavericks would launch in late October. CE: The Magazine previously pegged the fall Apple event for October 22nd.
There have been unconfirmed leaks showing the new iPads in similar colors to the new iPhone 5s, and even whispers of a TouchID fingerprint sensor for the larger of the two new products, but it’s unclear if those features will make it into the next generation iPads.
Announced yesterday, Apple is also set to hold it’s fiscal Q4 earnings call the following week on October 28th. Interestingly, this earnings report covers July and August, but also September which includes at least the initial weekend sale of the iPhones 5s and 5c. We should expect to hear Apple’s executives offer their thoughts on the newly announced hardware as well as high praise for its new iPhone lineup.
If Apple does announce new iPads on October 22nd as expected, it’s possible we could see a launch on November 1st (if history is any indication).
Of course, it’s always a great time to research your upgrade or trade-in options with services like Gazelle.com before the value of your hardware drops in two weeks, and much of our trade-in services roundup apply to iPads as it did to iPhones.