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’s next-gen iPad mini’s Retina display is ‘amazing,’ says source

My Drivers is a mainland Chinese website (i.e. simplified characters) and the world is beating a path to that digital doorstep because it has iPad mini Retina juice, a brimming glassful,” Tapscape reports.

“Indeed there will be a Retina iPad mini, which Apple will almost certainly call ‘iPad mini with Retina display,’” Tapscape reports. “Resolution is said to be pegged at 2048 x 1536 pixels with an eye-pleasing 324ppi pixel density. Further, it’s believed that long-time Apple supplier AU Optronics will supply the panels.”

My Drivers report, in part, via Google Translate:

Subsequently there are foreign media gives the news that a contact with a prototype of the Apple iPad mini 2 internal staff said the iPad mini size and shape of the iPad mini, but the improvement of the display “amazing”. In addition, the employee also revealed that, in order to support this piece of retina screen, iPad mini using A5X dual-core processor (GPU quad-core).

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Yes, using proven iPad (3rd gen.) SoC and other components certainly won’t hurt Apple’s margins. If the next-gen iPad mini ships as described, Wall Street analysts should take note.