New reports claim that Apple will unveil the new iPad 5 and iPad Mini 2 on October 22 in a special event. It will be an invitation only event where Apple will show-off the next generation iPad to the press.
Where the launch will take place remains a secret, with previous events held at Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, California and at the California Theatre in San Jose.
The date of the event happens to clash with the Nokia World Event, which is scheduled to take place in Abu Dhabi. The Finnish Company is expected to introduce a new line of Lumia phones on that day, while Microsoft‘s Surface 2 tablets will also go on sale the same date, reported AllThingsD.
The next generation iPad launch event may even witness the release of OS X Mavericks, new Mac Pro, and MacBook Pro laptops. With the release of iPad 5, Apple will again try to strong its position as tablet market leader for one more coming year.
Speculation that Apple is to launch a host of new devices in time for Christmas has risen in recent weeks, with a number of apparent leaks giving hints at what to expect.
The fifth generation iPad will feature a thinner, lighter design similar to what present iPad Mini carries but with a better camera, along with Apple’s new 64 bit A7 chip.
The new iPad 5 is said to have cutting edge design identical to iPad Mini, so it feature a thinner, lighter look. The fifth generation iPad might carry Apple A7 64-bit processor, 2GB RAM, same screen as of iPad 4, better and improved camera, new HD FaceTime camera, better Wi-Fi capabilities, 128GB internal storage variant, and may be the new gold color version as well.
Meanwhile, the second generation iPad Mini is speculated to be loaded with retina display and will also most likely carry an A7 processor, reported Cnet. There is also speculation that the iPad Mini 2 could be available in a range of brightly coloured backs, much like the iPhone 5c which was launched last month.
It is expected that the new iDevices will feature the Touch ID sensor, as well as A7 processors in both tablets, and iOS 7 on board.
In terms of cost, Apple is expected to keep the same price tags as previous launches. That would put a 16GB iPad 5 at $499 (£280) and could mean a 128GB iPad 5 with 4G LTE would cost a whopping $929.
Apple has not announced the price or release date for its Mac Pro or OS X Mavericks as well, but it makes sense to launch them together.
Mavericks is v10.9 of OS X and promises improvements to Finder, more iCloud integration, and a range of new features for power users.
The Mac Pro on the other hand is Apple’s long overdue update to its most powerful desktop machine. It has a new and very different cylinder design and will ship with a range of processor options including a 12-core Intel Xeon part, says Geek.