One of the major Apple product releases this year is undoubtedly the 3rd-gen iPad, which was launched roughly half a year ago. At this point, you already know that Apple is going to be holding a media event this coming October 23 and all signs point that it is when the iPad Mini is going to be finally unveiled. However, according to a new report, the iPad Mini is not only the tablet product which will be making an appearance during the upcoming event. The reports indicate that a new full-sized retooled 3rd-gen iPad will be introduced as well. Read more details after the jump.
The report came straight from 9to5Mac which according to their sources, the Cupertino company will announce that a refreshed variant of their full-sized, 9.7-inch Retina display iPad will be introduced during the October 23rd media event. The refreshed version is said to have various improvements while the price point for the product line is not going to change. This means that the current $499, $599, and $699 WiFi-only price points are going to retained, same is through for the LTE line which is sold for $629, $729, and $829. There is nothing in the report that indicates changes to the storage capacities, so it should be safe to assume that the current 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB storage options will remain.
This refreshed version of the current third-generation iPad is believed to be a tweaked model rather than a complete revamp. Among the strongly rumored improvement is the integration of the smaller Lightning connector to the "tweaked" iPad, which is now the proprietary connector for the iPhone 5, 5th-gen iPod touch, and 7th-gen iPod nano. In case you don't know, the Lightning connector is developed in order to enable Apple to further slim down their devices, which was somehow limited by the old 30-pin connector. It is thinner, smaller, and even reversible, which means that you can insert it upside-down or downside-up.
In addition to the integration of the Lightning connector, it is also quite likely that the tweaked iPad will have global LTE support, much like the iPhone 5. Apart from that, it is also possible that Apple will use this chance to make various upgrades to the 3rd-gen iPad such as better optimized processor, more efficient display, and maybe even improved battery life. But that is just a possibility and nothing specific is reported on these upgrades.
The October 23rd media event is drawing to a close. Instead of holding the proceedings at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco like with iPhone 5, Apple is going to hold the event at the California Theatre in San Jose. In addition to the iPad Mini, new Mac minis, iMacs, and a 13-inch version of the MacBook Pro with Retina display are expected to be showcased also. And now, the updated 3rd-gen iPad is likely to be announced as well. Next week is sure going to be a busy week for Apple.
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