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Apple plans to rain on Nokia and Microsoft with 22 October iPad launch date

Firm looks to steal limelight from Windows 8 kit
Wed Oct 09 2013, 11:11
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GADGET DESIGNER Apple reportedly plans to hold an event on 22 October to showcase its next iPad tablets along with its refreshed Mac Pro and OS X Mavericks operating system.

We have no reason to dispute this speculation from Allthingsd, as the website has a pretty good track record for predicting dates for Apple launch events. This date comes from "people familiar with Apple's plans," although it's still unclear where the event will take place. Apple said it was unable to comment on rumour or speculation.

The date of Apple's iPad launch event is bad news for Nokia. The Finnish phone maker is also holding its Nokia World event on 22 October, where it is expected to unveil a handful of new smartphones and its debut Windows 8 tablet device called the Nokia Lumia 2520.

It's bad news for Microsoft, too, as its new Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 tablets will start shipping on 22 October, and the launch of new Apple kit is likely to steal the Redmond company's thunder.

So, what can we expect from Apple's 22 October event? The star of the show reportedly will be an updated iPad Mini tablet, which will be the first iPad Mini to feature a Retina display. There's also talk that this will feature the same 64-bit A7 chip as the iPhone 5S, and will include a fingerprint scanner.

A refresh to Apple's full-sized iPad is also expected. This reportedly will feature a redesign, making it slimmer and lighter than the Cupertino firm's previous tablets. There's also talk that it will feature an updated chip, improved cameras and Apple's fingerprint scanner.

Speculation also suggests that both the updated iPad Mini and rumoured iPad 5 will be available in new gold models.

Those who are not fans of the Apple iPad will be pleased to hear that's reportedly not all the company has planned. The firm is also expected to detail its updated Mac Pro and to show off its OS X Mavericks operating system. µ


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