Apple Sends Invites for iPad Event on Oct. 16
Apple is readying for another big product launch, and Oct. 16 is the day.
The company sent out press invitations with the tagline “it’s been too long” on Wednesday to an event next week, where it’s expected to debut the next-generation iPad Air and iPad mini. The event will be held at Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, Calif. at 10:00 a.m. PT/1:00 p.m. ET.
Both devices are believed to come with faster processors — the same A8 chip found in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus — and incorporate Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint scanner. We might even see a gold iPad for the first time; Apple is reportedly bringing the popular color from its iPhone lineup to the tablets.
It’s said Apple could announce its biggest iPad yet, too: a 12.9-inch model, in addition to the regular 9.7-inch version and the iPad mini.
iPad sales have struggled lately, and the phablet-sized iPhone 6 Plus is expected to cannibalize some iPad mini sales. The upcoming launch will show how Apple plans to grow the category in the coming year, and the larger 12.9-inch model might be how the company is banking on doing so.
The news comes just a few weeks after Apple launched the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and teased next year’s arrival of the Apple Watch. While September is typically dedicated to Apple smartphones, the company reserves October for new iPads, iMacs and Mac software.
That said, it’s likely we’ll also see a new line of iMacs debut alongside OS X Yosemite, which launched as a public beta in the summer. Yosemite, which was first shown at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco in June, comes with a radically redesigned user interface. It also features enhanced AirDrop and iCloud Drive capabilities as well as the ability to take calls directly from your Mac by using an iPhone (the Mac acts as a speakerphone).
Mashable will be reporting live from the ground next week, bringing you all the updates and details in real time.
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