It’s roughly a year after the iPad Air and Retina iPad mini were revealed which means new iPads are coming. According to a report by Re/Code, Apple is planning on holding an event on October 16th to announce the next-generation iPads. We expect the second-generation iPad Air, third-generation Retina iPad mini, release date for OS X Yosemite and potentially Retina iMacs.
The new iPad Air and Retina iPad mini will feature a similar design as their predecessors, but they may be slightly slimmer and have other subtle changes. In the late summer, we saw rear shells for the Air with a recessed volume controls and a relocated microphone hole. It will be moving from the top center of the tablet to right next to the camera. The bottom of the Air will have a new speaker grill with a single row of large holes instead of two rows of smaller holes. Also, Apple Pay is rumored to work on the iPad so both models should be getting Touch ID.
It was rumored last month that the iPad Air will be the only tablet in attendance at the announcement, with the new Retina iPad mini waiting until next year to be announced. This rumor suggests that this event will reveal the iPad Air 2, OS X Yosemite release date and updated computers, while there will be an event early next year for the iPad Pro and Retina iPad mini. Since they announced the miniature version of the iPad, both models have been announced together. It seems unlikely for them to split it up unless a larger iPad is in the works and they need a second product to announce at the event next year. Although it would be weird having a 7.9″ iPad announced alongside a 12.9″ iPad, but that’s not the point.