If Apple Inc would follow its traditional practice in scheduling product launches, it would more likely unveil its new set of iPad tablets on October 22. That date would be synced with the announcement of the fourth-generation of iPad and the iPad Mini last year.
The technology firm unveiled its recent set of tablets on October 23, 2012. That was a Tuesday. This year, that date would fall on a Wednesday. According to some observers, Apple usually launches products on a Tuesday to give it adequate time to release the products on the second weekend after that date.
Based on observations and analysis of its past product launches, the company is likely to send out invitations for the supposed iPad event this coming Tuesday (October 15). Like most other product debuts staged by Apple, this year’s iPad event would certainly be open only to invited guests, who would be mostly journalists.
The new 9.7-inch iPad to be launched this year would be touted as the fifth generation of the popular tablet. The new iPad would be slightly lighter and thinner compared to its predecessor, the fourth-generation device. As expected, it would boast of new features. Topping that list would be an expected improved and more powerful camera.
As expected, the new iPad is set to have a 64-bit A7 design of system-on-a-chip (SoC), which is a technology exclusive to Apple. It could be recalled that it first appeared when iPad 5S was launched last month. In 2012, the fourth-generation iPad integrated A6X SoC, a spinoff of the A6 processor in iPhone 5 that was unveiled a few weeks ahead of it.
iPad Mini and other products
Aside from the next-generation iPad, Apple is also set to launch the second generation of the iPad Mini. The new small device is expected to feature the Retina-quality display, making its resolution match the resolution found in its full-sized counterpart. When the new iPad Mini is launched, the company is also expected to lower price tags of the current iPad Mini model.
Aside from the new iPad and iPad Mini, Apple is also expected to launch its new OS X Mavericks along with the revamped version of the Mac Pro, an odd cylindrical desktop platform. On October 23, the company is expected to finally roll out the successor to its current operating system, OS X Mountain Lion.
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