With the new iPhones announced and released, we’ve shifted our focus on Apple’s next big thing, an update to the iPads. According to a report from AllThingsD, sources familiar with Apple’s plans say the company will hold an event on October 22nd. This will be an invite-only event, with the focus on new iPads, with both the Mac Pro and Mac OS X Mavericks also getting some of the spotlight.
It’s expected that Apple’s full-sized iPad will undergo a formidable change, with the design resembling the current iPad mini. This includes a thinner bezel, most notably on the left and right of the display. The iPad 5 will feature Apple’s new A7 64-bit chip. Sources have not confirmed whether Apple will introduce Touch ID to the new iPad 5. Also on the docket is the iPad mini 2, the subject of great speculation over the past few months, as to whether it would gain a retina display. That appears to be happening, along with a jump to the A7 processor. This would mean parity on the iPad line when it comes to processor and a retina display. With this in mind, it would certainly make sense for Apple to include TouchID on the full-sized iPad, in order to create differentiation between the two.
We’ve heard previously that the new iPads would come in similar colors as the iPhone 5s. If that holds true, expect demand for the silver and particularly the gold iPad mini to be off the charts. Apple’s supply chain has not been able to keep with demand for the iPhone 5s. Recent reports that the supply chain has just started ramping up production of the iPad mini 2 could lead to similar problems for Apple, with demand outpacing supply. With an October 22nd announcement, which is a Tuesday, we could see possible release date of Friday, November 1st. In recent years, pre-orders have been made available in the days following the event.
Source: All Things D