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Apple to launch new iPads on October 16

Apple has sent out invites to its iPad launch event on October 16, suggesting both a new iPad Air and iPad Mini are on their way.

The invitation said “It’s been way too long” with a multicoloured swirl across the middle and the venue detailed at the bottom: Apple’s campus in Cupertino.

The news comes as Apple reports sales of its tablets are down for the second quarter, suggesting it needs to give its iPad offering a bit of a boost.

The new iPads are set to launch on October 16 according to Apple's event invite
The new iPads are set to launch on October 16 according to Apple’s event invite

Apple is known for launching its tablets at this time of year, with the first edition iPad Air launching on November 1, 2013 alongside the iPad Mini 2.

So what does Apple reportedly have in store for us next week?

The iPad Air 2 is set to feature a thinner chassis than its predecessor, losing its mute button in the process. Based on leaked footage of a supposed dummy model floating arounf the internet, other aesthetic changes include the switch to a single speaker grille rather than the two on the original Air.

The home button finally receives a Touch ID sensor, like the iPhone 6 and packed inside, there’s Apple’s new A8 processor, paired to stroage choices between 32GB, 64GB and 128GB capacities.

The iPad Mini 3 will most probably be a 7-inch tablet like the original iPad Mini and iPad Mini 2, but some rumours suggest it’ll actually be called the iPad Mini Air to reflect the latest iPad family name.

Features are likely to include a Touch ID fingerprint sensor and the same A8 processor as the iPad Air 2. Analysts are suggesting it’ll include an 8-megapixel camera and it will also be available in 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB varieties. The larger displays and higher resolutions used by these new iPads when compared to the latest iPhones may also result in an additional gig of RAM in both instances.

If previous iPad launches are anything to go by, the release date will probably be early November.

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