Apple has officially announced a 22 October event in San Francisco's Yerba Buena Centre where the new generation of iPads will be announced.
The invite to the event's tagline "we still have a lot to cover" maybe suggests that Apple will touch on multiple products at the event.
Coming almost a year after Apple last refreshed its iPad line and introduced the iPad mini, the new models are expected to have a slimmer and lighter design than the current generation. The 9.7in iPad is expected to get a thinner body and bezels, to match the design of the iPad mini. It is also expected to run Apple's new 64-bit A7 chip, and could include Apple's Touch ID fingerprint sensor introduced in the iPhone 5S in September.
The iPad mini is also to be updated with a higher-resolution display, although there are mixed reports about whether it will move to a "retina" display.
Even before the sale date had formally been announced, the retailer John Lewis forecast last Wednesday that the iPad mini will be its best-selling technology device this Christmas. The store predicts it will outpace Microsoft's Xbox One for sales. It also forecast that Samsung's Tab 3 tablet and Google's Nexus 7 will be the third and fourth best-selling.
Expectations are also high that Apple will announce the release of the latest version of its desktop software, OSX "Mavericks", which recently completed its testing phase, and set a date for the release of the new Mac Pro desktop computer. The latter was t
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