Apple will have a new wave of iPads out in time for the holiday season. The slates are expected to take center stage at a special media event on October 22 according to people familiar with Apple’s plans as reported by All Things D.
The fifth generation iPad is expected to feature a number of improvements including a thinner and lighter design that borrows from the iPad min. It’ll likely arrive with Apple’s new 64-bit A7 processor like the one found in the iPhone 5S. Elsewhere, we are hearing that the tablet will also include an improved rear camera.
The second coming of the iPad mini is widely expected to ship with a Retina display as well as the A7 chip. It’s not known at this time if either new iPad will feature the Touch ID fingerprint sensor that’s now shipping on the latest Apple flagship smartphone.
A location for the event wasn’t provided. Last month’s iPhone reveal was hosted at Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino while last year’s iPad mini and Mac showcase took place at the California Theater in San Jose. The publication notes the San Jose location is out of the question so that leave’s the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco or Apple’s campus.
The iPad mini is a smaller version of the iPad and it’s much more than just a shrunken-down iPad. The iPad Mini packs a dual-core A5 processor, dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, a FaceTime HD camera, 5-megapixel rear iSight camera with 1080p recording and an optional LTE radio. The Mini sports a 7.9-inch display and 1,024 x 768 resolution. Battery life is estimated at 10 hours.
The 4th generation iPad sports a beefier A6X processor for double the CPU and graphics performance (versus iPad 3), an improved FaceTime camera that supports 720p resolution, the new Lightning connector, 802.11a/b/g/n dual-band Wi-Fi and the same image signal processor found in the iPhone 5.
The Apple iPad (3rd-gen) includes a Retina Display operating at a resolution of 2,048 x 1,536. Powering the new iPad is a dual-core A5X processor with quad-core graphics, it also gets upgraded optics in the form of a 5MP backside illuminated sensor that features a 5-element lens, IR filter and ISP built into the A5X chip. Apple claims The new iPad is good for 10 hours of battery life and nine hours when using 4G LTE.
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