October 22 marks the day that Microsoft releases the new Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 tablets, so how will Apple fanatics celebrate. with an event announcing the new line of Apple products of course. Apple is rumored to be introducing a fifth-generation iPad, an iPad mini 2, a new iMac and a new Mac Pro at the Tuesday event. What can you expect from those new iDevices? Well, with a special focus on the two updated tablets, here’s what we’re looking for on Oct. 22, based on all the leaks and gossip in the ever-active Apple rumor mill:
The new iPad 5 (or fifth generation) will look a whole lot more like a larger iPad mini, with the side bezels on the new iPad shrunk down quite a bit, reports BGR. That will be the big cosmetic change; and, according to The Wall Street Journal, though Apple’s full-size tablet will feature the same 9.7-inch LCD Retina display as its predecessor, it should be lighter and a bit thinner, too, thanks to new in-screen technology.
As for the iPad mini 2, Reuters has reported that Apple also plans to add Retina displays, addressing a major perceived weakness of the first version of Apple’s smaller iPad; shortages in component manufacturing, however, may delay the large-scale release.
The cameras on the new iPads may also get a spec bump, bringing them up to speed with the new iPhone 5s shooter, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. “We expect the upgrade will include 8MP rear camera, up from 5MP, and larger aperture. Lens module ASP will rise 10-20% on this optics spec upgrade,” he said in a report obtained by 9to5Mac.