Last week, Apple started sending out invitations for its annual autumn event, which takes place on October 22nd.

The date coincides with both Microsoft’s Surface and Nokia world event so that would mean that we’ll see four major tablet announcements during the day: the iPad 5, iPad Mini 2, Surface 2, and Lumia 2520.

Since we covered Microsoft and Nokia, I think it is time to let you know what we believe we’ll see on the fifth-gen iPad this Tuesday.

Design

The design of the device has not been changed since the second iteration. All the three versions after the original model are identical. Though, this time the company will indeed implement a revamped design on the device, which takes hardware cues from the current iPad Mini. Meaning that the iPad will have more curved edges and thinner bezel.

iPad-5-Case

Additionally, KGI Securities Ming-Chi Kuo suggests that the company will also apply the “GF Ditto” technology that made its younger brother 23 percent thinner. Hence, the next-gen iPad will be both thinner and lighter.

Specifications and software

Duly to Apple’s consistent annual processor integration, we feel suffice to say that Apple has been working on the tablet version of the 64-bit A7 that we first saw on the iPhone 5S, the A7X. Based on the previous gens, the difference between the A7 and the A7X will be primarily found in the amount of GHz the chips feature. Since the A7 is clocked at 1.3GHz, the A7X will run at 1.4 to 1.5 more or less. If it goes as planned, the chip will ostensibly house two cores. Possibility for 2GB of memory is maintained on the table, though it’s less likely that we won’t see an upgrade here. You never know.

Display wise, relying on recent reports, both new iPads will resolve at 2,048×1,536 — to make app developers’ lives easier as they will not have two write two different codes now — that will give the device a pixel density of 324ppi. The screen will be manufactured by Sharp, it will obviously have IPS built-in, and like on the iPhone 5S, we might see Gorilla Glass covering it for scratch and drop resistance.

The battery will need to be boosted to accommodate the higher res display, so it should be at least 13,000 mAh, though it will be sized down for the tablet to be thinner.

Moving on to the camera section, the amount of megapixels has remained stagnant for the last two generations. The 5-megapixel f/2.4 snapper sensor is slowly becoming outdated; hence an 8MPix upgrade with a larger aperture sounds plausible. It won’t be as premium as the one the iPhone 5S exhibits, though it is a meaningful upgrade over the last one. On the front, we’ll once again see the Facetime HD camera snapping at 1.2MPix. It will be great for video chatting though.

iPad Mini 2 Touch ID

Moreover, rumors want both forthcoming iPads to sport the Touch ID built-in technology on their home buttons.

Software wise, the iPad 5 will ship with the latest iteration of the company’s mobile operating system, iOS 7.

Pricing and availability

As we mentioned in the beginning of this piece, the successor of the iPad 4 will be announced on the day after tomorrow and will hit the US shelves probably couple of weeks later – pre-orders will commence some hours after the event’s wrap up. It will definitely be available in the rest of countries by mid-January.

As far as pricing goes, the iPad 5 will set you back $499 for the 16 gigs Wi-Fi model and $629 for the Wi-Fi + LTE one – starting price.

The iPad 5 will come in a wider color range this year, including; champagne, space gray and silver. The event is around the corner, so let’s just be patient and see what Apple had been working on for the last eight months.

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