Is the wait finally over? Apparently yes, after weeks of speculations, rumours and news leaks, Apple may unveil the fifth-generation iPad and an iPad mini on Tuesday oct 22. Dependable resources like AllThingsD, Customers Editorial and The Tool have confidently predicted the release date of the tablets for the Christmas line up.
The next generation full-sized iPad 5 is expected to be sleeker, with thinner bezels and lighter body than its previous iteration, iPad 4. It might also run on Apple's new 64-bit chip and may include Apple's touch ID fingerprint sensers, both introduced with iPhone 5s in the third week of September.
iPad mini 2 will also have an internal make over, and a boost in RAM and processing power. If reports are to be believed it may also have an 8-megapixel camera and a high-end 'Retina' display; a step-ahead from its previous version iPad mini. Though it would require a bigger battery to maintain the 10 hour battery life, making it thicker and heavier than iPad mini, which has set a new industrial design template.
On comparison, the high resolution display of the next generation ipad has outdated the display of two of its biggest competitors in the global market: Kindle Fire HD and Google Nexus 7.
Though Apple's spokespersons are still tight lipped on announcing its official release date, its distributor smartly hinted 'it's about time' by saying on Wednesday that they are expecting the iPad mini to be the best selling gadget this Christmas. According to sources, the launch event will be an invitation only bash on October 22. Insights about Apple's OS X Mavericks and Mac Pro desktop release dates are expected highlights of the much talked about event.