Apple ‘plans to launch new iPads on 22 October’


Apple is planning to launch its next generation of iPads this month, as the technology giant looks to maintain its lead over rivals such as Samsung, Microsft and Google in the increasingly competitive tablet market.

According to a report in technology blog AllThingsD, the new devices could be unveiled as early as 22 October, according to sources ‘familiar with Apple’s plans’.

The Wall Street Journal-owned blog is reporting that Apple is planning its next invitation-only launch event that day, and that it aims to launch not just new iPads, but the newMacBook Pro, and a new desktop operating system – OS X Mavericks.

The fifth generation of the Californian company’s iconic iPad is likely to be thinner and lighter, with an improved camera and a more powerful processor – Apple’s much-vaunted new 64-bit A7 chip.

Also expected is the second-gen iPad mini, which is thought to be being upgraded to use a “retina” display like its larger sibling.

Anthough the iPad remains the most popular device for table users, Android devices are collectively approaching Apple’s devices in terms of revenue according to research.

According to eMarket, In 2011, Apple took home an 83 percent slice of the U.S. tablet pie. That figure plummeted to just 59 percent last year and is expected to drop even further in 2013, down to just 54.5 percent.

Read the AllThingsD report here

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