Apple Will Reportedly Unveil New iPads on Oct. 22nd, Possibly Mac Pro and Mavericks

The Apple Crystal BallApple will hold its next media event on October 22nd, according to AllThingsD. Unnamed sources said the event would focus on new iPad models, but that the company's new Mac Pro and OS X Mavericks would get some love, too.

John Paczkowski specified that he was unable to find out where the event will take place. Apple has historically used either the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, the California Theater (where last year's iPad 4 and iPad mini event was held), and the company's own Town Hall auditorium at its current Infinite Loop headquarters in Cupertino. The only thing he ruled out was the California Theater.

I was personally surprised when Apple held its iPhone 5c and 5s media event at its Town Hall auditorium. It's the smallest of the three venues Apple has used, and the iPhone event is Apple's largest media event. On the other hand, Apple's own facility offers the kind of security Apple can't get from third party facilities.

Accordingly, it wouldn't surprise me if this event was also held at Apple's campus.

In the meanwhile, the smart rumor money is on Apple announcing a thinner, faster iPad (let's call it iPad 5) powered by Apple's new 64-bit A7 processor. I'd personally be shocked if it didn't include Touch ID, but it's possible that Apple intends to limit that feature to the iPhone, so we'll have to wait and see.

The iPad mini has been the source of conflicting rumors over whether or not it will boast a Retina Display, but the smart money is on yes. It could also get the A7 processor. If so, the iPhone 5c and iPhone 4s would be Apple's only mobile products not using a 64-bit processor.

Apple already unveiled the new Mac Pro during June's World Wide Developer Conference, but the company hasn't announced a shipping date. There are a few questions left unanswered about internal specs, but we know the device is packed full of awesome.

October 22nd is just six days before Apple announces results for the September quarter.