Apple is expected to announce new versions of the iPad and iPad Mini at a special event Oct. 22. Official invitations have not been issued, but sources close to AllThingsD and Current Editorials have confirmed the date. In addition to new iPads, it is possible Apple will offer information about new Macs and its Mavericks operating system.
The next-generation iPad, or iPad 5, will be completely redesigned compared to the last model. The iPad 4 debuted last fall, just six months after the iPad 3. The iPad 3 and 4 are identical save for the iPad 4's Lightning port and processor. Externally, they are the same. The iPad 5, however, will adopt the design language of the iPad Mini. It will be thinner and lighter and will include Apple's 64-bit A7 processor. The screen will stick with the 9.7-inch measurement and Retina resolution.
The iPad Mini is on deck to get a Retina display and the A7 chip, too, said AllThingsD. The overall shape and design will remain much the same as it is today.
-- Eric Zeman
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