What to Expect From Apple’s Fall iPad Event (Spoiler: New iPads!)

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In the invitation to its Oct. 22 fall event, Apple said it has “a lot more to cover” before the year is out. And indeed it does – more so this year than in recent years past, sources tell AllThingsD.

So what can we expect to see Apple unveil at Yerba Buena Center come Tuesday?

The obvious, really. As we’ve previously reported, the event will focus on the fifth-generation iPad and the second-generation iPad mini. Sources said the former will feature a thinner, lighter design akin to the iPad mini’s, and an improved camera. It will run Apple’s new 64-bit A7 chip. As I noted earlier this month, the new iPad mini will be outfitted with a retina display. It, too, is likely to see the A7 incorporated into its innards, as Apple shifts its mobile device lineup to 64-bit (more on the short and long term benefits of that here).

Also expected on Tuesday, the announcement of a street date for OS X Mavericks – which is scheduled to launch before the end of the month – and for the new cylindrical Mac Pro, as well. I’m told both will be given stage time. A potential wildcard here: A new display to pair with the Pro. Apple hasn’t fielded a new monitor since introducing the Thunderbolt LED display in 2011. Its latest Mac Pro has enough horsepower to drive three 4K displays simultaneously, and it’s hard to imagine the company debuting it without a new monitor that can take at least some advantage of that.

Finally, I’m told we’re likely to see a slate of new MacBook Pros upgraded with Intel’s latest Haswell processors. Apple brought Haswell to its MacBook Airs earlier this year, giving them a nice boost in battery life and graphics. It has been expected to do the same for its professional laptops ever since. Tuesday may well bring with it the announcement of that move.

Beyond that, it’s tough to say. Haswell Mac minis are certainly a possibility. Once the MacBook Pro makes the leap to the chip, the mini will be the Mac without it. Also possibly on tap for release, iWork for iCloud (from beta) and iLife, whose newly redesigned icons slipped out onto the Web last week.

Join AllThingsD Tuesday morning at 10 am PT for live coverage of the event.

Apple MacBook Air MD712LL/A 11.6-Inch Laptop (NEWEST VERSION)

Apple MacBook Air MD712LL/A 11.6-Inch Laptop (NEWEST VERSION)

  • Up to 9 Hours of Battery Life, OS X Mountain Lion
  • 1.3 GHz Dual-Core 4th-Gen Intel Core i5 Processor (Turbo Boost up to 2.6 GHz )
  • 11-Inch LED-backlit Display; 1366 768 Resolution; Intel HD Graphics 5000
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi
  • 256 GB Flash Storage, 4 GB 1600 MHz LPDDR3 Memory

MacBook Air is powered by the all-new fourth-generation Intel Core i5 processor. This ultra-efficient architecture was designed to use less power with up to 9 hours battery life (wireless web) and still deliver high performance. Which means not only can you do whatever you want – you can keep doing it for longer than before. In addition, the new Intel HD Graphics 5000 offers up to 40 percent faster graphics – performance you’ll especially notice with games and other graphics-intensive tasks.

Switcher to Mac tells what’s wrong with Windows

“Apple will host its fiscal first quarter analyst call on Wed. and the company’s naysayers will hear if the quarter’s iPhone 5 sales were sufficient for the grossly overinflated expectations. However, I expect that Mac sales will likely hit yet another new mark driven by switchers to the platform,” David Morgenstern reports for ZDNet. “The company often tells analysts that, yet again, sales of Macs in the Apple Stores have been to customers new to the Mac. And certainly, that trend will continue, particularly with the new stores in China.”

MacDailyNews Note: With iMac supplies severely constrained/nonexistent during much of the quarter, it would be difficlut for Apple to set a new record for quarterly Mac sales.

“Of course, Redmond keeps helping Apple out with its chaotic strategies. The installed base aren’t buying the Windows refresh pitch this time,” Morgenstern reports. “I am a witness to this switch. My neighbor just bought an iMac from our local Apple Store. He’s loving it and signing up for classes. He said the machine was the most beautiful piece of technology he’s ever owned. You could hear the pleasure in his voice.”

Morgenstern reports, “Now this guy has never owned a Mac. Ever. I carpooled with him when I worked at MacWEEK in the 1990s and he was immune from the slightest hint of Mac inoculation. He was a proud PC DOS user and graduated to various flavors of Windows. He told me many times that he would ‘never, ever buy a Mac.’ But now, a new iMac sits on his desk. I asked him what had happened? Why not buy a new Windows machine? He said simply that ‘back in those days Windows worked. It’s stopped working.’”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Windows never worked, Morgenstern’s neighbor was just deluding himself, but, hey, welcome to the Mac! Congrats!