Right after announcing two iPhones during yesterday’s September event, Apple is gearing up for another major event in late October, according to our sources. Apple is preparing to unveil a full slate of updated devices on October 22, right before the holiday rush begins.
As multiple outlets have reported, Apple will release a new iPad that will take after the design of the iPad mini. The new iPad will shrink slightly in width and thickness, thanks to a new shell and thinner bezel (the screen will remain the same size at 9.7-inches). The fifth-generation iPad will feature Apple’s latest processor, the A7X. Apple has also been testing Touch ID, its new fingerprint sensor with the new iPad, which is expected to make it into the final product.
The iPad mini will also receive an update during the October event. The second-generation iPad mini will come with Apple’s A6 processor, which is currently used in the iPhone 5C, and in the recently discontinued iPhone 5. What is less certain is which screen resolution the new iPad mini will utilize. It is unclear whether the new iPad mini will receive a Retina display, as reported by The Wall Street Journal. While Apple has been testing a second-generation iPad mini with Retina display, battery life has been an issue for the smaller device, according to our sources. Apple has also been testing a non-Retina version of the iPad mini, as first reported by 9to5Mac. Regardless of which screen resolution has been chosen, both the new iPad and iPad mini are slated to be available for purchase on November 1.
The Mac line has not been forgotten, as the late-2013 editions of the Macbook Pro and Mac Mini will be announced during the event, according to our sources. Both computers will receive Intel’s Haswell processors as part of their update. Apple is also expected to announce a release date for the Mac Pro during the October event. The Mac Pro is expected to be available before December.