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Apple iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 launch event set for October 22, report claims

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The next-generation iPad tablets will be launched at an Apple media event on October 22, according to reports on Tuesday.

The All Things D blog, which has an excellent track record in this area in particular, has been informed by those sources 'familiar with Apple's plans' that the date has been set.

Expected to make an appearance at the long-awaited event will be a brand new, thinner, lighter and more powerful iPad Air tablet. That slate is likely to feature the new 64-bit A7 processor and an improved camera, according to All Things D's information.

Also likely to how up on stage is the second-generation iPad mini 2. Most of the speculation surrounding that device has focussed on the possibility of a Retina Display upgrade. That remains unclear, as does the prospect of there Touch ID fingerprint sensors which arrived on the iPhone 5S.

The new Mac Pro is also likely to be revisited with a launch date promised for 'Fall 2013,' while we're also likely to get a look at the completed Mac OS X Mavericks operating system.

The location for the event is uncertain at present. The iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C were unveiled at Apple's intimate town hall-style arena on its Infinite Loop campus in Cupertino, so it'd make sense for the company to keep this launch on home turf also.

We'll let you know as soon as there's official confirmation, in the form of an Apple media invite, but in the meantime let us know your wants for the iPad mini 2 and the iPad 5.

Jmac

October 9, 2013, 6:19 am

I think the following features must be nailed on:

- Retina display for iPad Mini - seems to be inevitable given the clamour for the feature, and it would be anticlimactic if the feature were NOT included, and technically it is well within Apple's grasp - it means a pixel pitch of 326 ppi, which is higher than the 264 ppi on the Retina iPads but identical to that of the (3 year old) iPhone 4 and its successors.

- 64-bit A7 (or a derivative thereof, like the A6X in iPad 4 to the A6 in iPhone 5) for iPad (interesting to note Qualcomm have retracted their "gimmick" comment about the chip in the 5S - http://news.cnet.com/8301-1001...

- CPU and GPU bump for iPad Mini - it will need a GPU bump to provide the power needed for the extra pixels on the Retina screen. I'd say it is likely the A6X from iPad 4 will be demoted to iPad Mini duties, though it is possible (though I'd think unlikely) that Apple will revive the A5X design from the iPad 3 (which proved itself able to manage a Retina screen without difficulty)

- the new narrower body with slimmer bezel for iPad, which has been widely leaked.

Apple will want to get Touch ID onto the iPad range ASAP, but given the apparent production shortages it may need to wait for next year's iterations, since this seems to be one major component throttling supply of iPhone 5S at present.

Patrick Star

October 13, 2013, 1:30 am

They really need these things to reclaim dominance in the 7-8 inch tablet market.

Jmac

October 23, 2013, 5:54 am

Yup, and it looks like I was pretty much bang on, apart from the Retina iPad Mini having the same A7 chip as the iPad Air, not the A6X from the iPad 4. It's remarkable to see the power of the full sized iPad in the Mini, but I guess this is understandable - Apple want to have their full range of iOS devices packing the same 64 bit chip, though the iPhone 5C now looks even more absurdly crippled.

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