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Apple event - what to expect…

21 Oct 2013

According to Cupertino, Apple still has a lot to cover on October 22.

New iPad 5. Check. New iPad Mini 2. Check. New MacBook Pro. Check.

Well, at least that's what the media believe will be unveiled this week.

In confirming the invite-only event earlier this month, AllThingsD writer John Paczkowski reported: “The focal point of the gathering will be the latest updates to the company’s iPad line, but the new Mac Pro and OS X Mavericks will likely get some stage time as well, I’m told.”

Ahead of the tech giant's October 22 event - here's what the world is expecting…

iPad 5:

Set to be thinner and lighter than previous models, Apple's new full-sized tablet is thought to have an 8 megapixel camera - representing a significant increase on the 5 megapixels available on the current model.

Yet despite a 20% thinner and lighter model, many believe the new device will not come with the fingerprint scanning Touch ID feature developed for the newly released iPhone 5S.

Apple also look set to include an upgraded processor in the model, up from the dual-core A6X chip with quad-core graphics which figured in last year's iPad 4.

Yet should the tech giant release the device with an A7 or A7X chip, and should the model come with the same M7 co-processor found in the iPhone 5S - then why wouldn't the product be capable of Touch ID?

iPad Mini 2:

Apple's smallest iPad, the iPad Mini 2 looks set to incorporate Retina Display in what will be the second generation model of the device.

While rumours have been mixed on the issue of Retina Display, many believe a Retina iPad Mini plus a non-Retina model with upgraded internals could be released.

The latest addition to the iPad Mini family is also said to be coming with a 7.9-inch 2048 x 1536 pixel resolution display, producing a pixel density of 324ppi which would be four times that of the current iPad Mini model.

Speculation is rife that Cupertino is also working on multiple colour backplates for the iPad mini.

Despite no specific colours named, going on past experience, the available colours will no doubt come from the following slate, silver, purple, pink, yellow, green and red options.

MacBook Pro:

Somewhat pushed to the bottom of the pile as the world debates the specs of the new iPad 5 and iPad Mini 2, but let's not forget the MacBook Pro 2013 update is also set to be revealed.

Unsurprisingly, the new models are expected to feature better battery life, faster WiFi connectivity, faster storage, better graphics and ThunderBolt 2 - a hardware interface that allows for the connection of external peripherals to a computer.

Set to go on sale shortly after the October 22 event, the MacBook Pro will no doubt feature Intel's Haswell processor, which should lead to the boost in performance already mentioned.

OS X Mavericks:

Not free like the iOS 7 updates, Apple's new OS X Mavericks 10.9 update brings over 200 new features to the new hardware models.

Live from the WWDC in San Francisco in June, Apple unveiled a developer preview of OS X Mavericks, the 10th major release of the operating system.

“The Mac has consistently outpaced the PC industry and OS X continues to be the most innovative and easy to use operating system in the world,” said Craig Federighi, senior vice president of Software Engineering, Apple.

“OS X Mavericks is our best version yet and features new Maps and iBooks apps, Finder Tags and Tabs, enhanced multi-display support, performance and energy saving features, and an all new Safari.”

What are you expecting from Apple's eagerly anticipated event on October 22? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below

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