Still riding high on the success of an impressive iPhone launch, Apple is now turning its attention to all things iPad. According to All Things D, which typically has a good track record with respect to Apple rumors, Apple will hold an iPad-centric media event on Tuesday, October 22.
In addition to new iPads, the event will reportedly also focus on Apple's highly anticipated new Mac Pro and the impending release of OS X Mavericks.
The fifth generation iPad is expected to feature a thinner, lighter design akin to the iPad mini’s and run Apple’s new 64-bit A7 chip. The fifth generation iPad is expected to feature a thinner, lighter design akin to the iPad mini’s, an improved camera and run Apple’s new 64-bit A7 chip. The second-generation iPad mini will be upgraded with a retina display and also see the A7 incorporated into its innards. It’s not clear whether Apple’s new iPads will incorporate the Touch ID fingerprint sensor that recently debuted on the iPhone 5s, though that has been rumored.
Given the huge advertising push behind Touch ID on the iPhone, one would assume that Apple's next-gen iPad would get the fingerprint authorization sensor treatment as well. The only hiccup, as far as I can tell, is that low yields on the Touch ID have been behind the noticeable shortage of iPhone 5s devices. Perhaps things will be working more smoothly by the time Apple plans to roll out its fifth-generation iPad.
All in all, it's lining up to be an extremely busy holiday shopping season for Apple.