After exactly a month since the flagship iPhone 5S and the budget iPhone 5c was released, the Cupertino-based company decided to make the alleged October 22 iPad even official. The company sent media invites for the October 22nd event when the next generation range of iPads will be revealed.
The official invite is accompanied by the usual “We still have a lot to cover” tagline, which will definitely generate more rumors and speculations. The iPad event is expected to be held at Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco on October 22nd at 10:00 AM.
As far as the invitation is concerned, the invite graphics features the already mentioned tagline on a white background and a bung of colorful apple leaves. As some Apple fans might already know, the Fruit Company used the same location for various events to introduce new hardware. Steve Jobs used the same location for revealing the iPad 2 back in 2010.
Regarding the rumors that roam all around the internet concerning the Apple’s event, fans are expecting the new iPads, namely the fifth-generation full-size iPad and a second-generation iPad mini with Retina display. For the iPad 5, users expect a thinner and lighter handset due to the iPad mini-style design with narrower side bezels, Touch ID and the Apple-designed A7X chip. The mentioned chip represents an improved version of the iPhone 5S’s 64-bit A7 processor.
In the case of the iPad mini 2, the alleged device may or may not receive a Retina display upgrade, and it is still unknown whether it will feature the iPad 5?s Touch ID fingerprint scanning. If the Touch ID will become available on the iPad 2 Mini, then, the device should also feature the A7X chip along with the Secure Enclave protection, which required for reliable and secure fingerprint scanning.
What is worth mentioning is the fact that a full Retina display for the second-generation of iPad mini will ask for a stronger and long-lasting battery. In this respect, it is likely that the device will increase its dimensions.
In order to confirm all of the already-mentioned issues and features, AllThingsD blog stated, “The iPad 5 will run Apple’s new 64-bit A7 chip. The second-generation iPad mini will be upgraded with Retina display and will also likely see the A7 incorporated into its innards”.
Moreover, both new devices should feature the 8MB iSight camera on the back, new color finishes (White, Space Grey and Gold), as well as redesigned Smart Covers. Since this is not a sure thing, speculations regarding Apple’s October 22 event might lead to the unveiling of different products such as OS X Mavericks, Haswell-driven MacBook Pros and iWork/Life software updates. We will keep you posted with other recent news and rumors regarding Apple’s event scheduled on 22 of October.