Apple’s iPad Event on October 16 is Official: ‘It’s Been Way Too Long’

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Apple on Tuesday sent invitations to members of the press to attends its upcoming media event on Thursday, October 16th, the focus of which is expected to revolve around new iPads, new Macs and the public release of OS X Yosemite. There could be a myriad of other new product and service announcements at the event as well, so stay tuned.

Apple will be hosting the keynote at its Town Hall auditorium on the company’s Cupertino-based headquarters at One Infinite Loop, beginning at 10:00 AM Pacific. It is unknown if Apple will provide a live stream of the event on the web for iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple TV users, although we’ll keep you posted — the live feed had its fair share of issues last time around.

The tagline for this October’s event is “it’s been way too long,” which is quite ambiguous and open to interpretation as to what Apple exactly means. It could be a witty remark since Apple hosted their last media event less than one month ago, or perhaps it references some products that have been long overdue for an update like the iPod touch, Mac mini or Apple TV.

The two new iPads that Apple unveils next Thursday will likely be the iPad Air 2 and the second-generation iPad mini with Retina display. Based on rumors, the iPad Air 2 could feature a thinner and lighter design, Touch IDApple A8 processor, 2 GB of RAManti-reflective coating and 8-megapixel rear-facing camera. Meanwhile, the next-generation iPad mini with Retina display could also have Touch ID, an Apple A8 processor and a thinner design.

There have also been rumors circulating about an iMac with Retina display that could be announced at this October event as well. The Mac mini is also long overdue for an update, having last been refreshed in October 2012 with the latest Intel processors at the time. Again, the fact that the entry-level Mac has not been updated in nearly two years could be a reason for the “it’s been way too long” tagline.

Last, the event should provide a recap of some of the main features of OS X Yosemite and provide complete availability information about the upcoming Mac operating system version. Apple promised earlier this year that OS X Yosemite would be released to the public in the fall, and past release cycles indicate that October will inevitably be the month which that happens. OS X Yosemite is a free upgrade for Mac users.

What announcements are you looking forward to most?