CUPERTINO -- Apple on Tuesday invited media to an event in San Francisco next week at which the consumer-tech giant is expected to show off new iPad models for the holiday season.
The invitation, which says "We still have a lot to cover," announced an event Oct. 22 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. The event will take place a month after Apple unveiled two new iPhone models and launched them in several countries worldwide, selling 9 million of the new smartphones in the first weekend of availability.
The event is expected to include new iPads, as well as details on Apple's new Mac Pro and its OS X Mavericks operating system. The Mac Pro, with its new design, was previewed at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in June, while Mavericks, also debuted at that same show, has been in beta testing since then.
Apple last updated its iPad line almost a year ago, when the iPad Mini made its debut. The smaller tablet -- the screen is slightly less than 8 inches, while the full-size iPad measures almost 10 inches diagonally -- arrived after Google and Amazon popularized the smaller tablet design with their Nexus 7 and Kindle tablet offerings.
With this year's update, many expect Apple to upgrade the iPad Mini's screen to Apple's so-called Retina display, a high-definition screen that would make the device more comparable to new versions of the Nexus and Kindle, which have higher-resolution screens than Apple's smaller tablet. However, Reuters reported earlier this month that Apple was facing issues producing enough Retina displays for the launch of the new iPad Mini, and Gartner analyst Carolina Milanesi concurred last week.
"They're refreshing their iPad and from what we hear from the supply-chain perspective, there'll also be a new Mini with Retina display, but it'll be in short supply," Milanesi said last week.
The fifth-generation full-size iPad is expected to be faster and lighter, with a slimmed-down case similar to the iPad Mini, and could receive Apple's new 64-bit A7 chip, which was introduced at September's iPhone launch.