Apple to host iPad event on October 22nd, says All Things D

It seems that Apple may be hosting the iPad event on October 22nd, according to All Things D.

In September, Apple launched two new iPhones and iOS 7. But there was plenty it didn’t show, from MacBook Pros to iPads to OS X Mavericks to that wild-looking new Mac Pro — but those might all be around the corner. “People familiar with Apple’s plans” tell All Things D that the company will be holding an invitation-only event on October 22nd. CE: The Magazine first reported the date back in mid-September. It’s not yet clear where the event will be held.

Notably, October 22nd is the same day that Microsoft is launching its Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 tablets. If that weren’t enough, Nokia will be holding an event to reveal new hardware on that date as well.

Widespread leaks suggest that Apple will update its iPad mini with a new, higher-resolution Retina display than the outgoing model. Additionally, the company is set to give the iPad its first complete redesign in two years by narrowing the bezels of the tablet and overall making it more similar to the iPad mini. All Things D reports that both tablets will use the company’s new 64 bit A7 chip.

Considering Apple limited itself to only the mild refreshes introduced by the iPhone 5S and 5C at its press event last month, there’s likely even more on tap. With Apple’s latest version of its desktop operating system — OS X Mavericks — on the horizon, as well as updated MacBooks with Intel’s latest Haswell processors and possibly other hardware, this event looks like it will be very busy.

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October 22 comes just a day after the Surface 2 starts shipping, and the date coincides with Nokia’s Innovation Reinvented showcase. The new iPad, should it be shown on that day, would likely be released around late October to early November, as it usually takes a week from Apple’s showcase of new products to the time the products hit the shelves.

However, there is a chance that Apple may only hold the event to showcase the new iPads, and instead just quietly update their MacBook Pro lineup without a big showcase, just like it did for the iMac refreshes, which consisted mostly of internal changes to the processors. But since OS X Mavericks GM has just been released a few days ago, the official, public release should be in 2 to 3 weeks – just right for it to be showcased on the 22nd of October.

Previously, there were rumours of the date being the 15th of October, so we can’t know for sure when it will be exactly, but one thing’s for sure: It’s coming, and it’s definitely coming soon. Are you excited? Why/why not? Do tell us down in the comments section below, and also, like our Facebook page, and follow our Twitter to receive updates from us on the go, and share this story with your friends and family.

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