Everyone continues to expect Apple to hold an event on Tuesday of next week (Oct. 22) to announce new iPads, and also possibly new Macs. Some details of the fifth-generation iPad are fairly clear: it will be narrower, with narrower bezels left and right, and will also be thinner and lighter. I'm hoping it will have an IGZO display, a new technology that uses up to 90 percent less power. If so, that will be a major development, and certainly it's one way that Apple could have achieved a thinner, lighter form factor. It would also likely mean an increase in battery life. Many are also expecting it to come with the new 64-bit processor. According to CNET, this will be a major change and could further disrupt the PC industry because corporations may purchase iPads instead of PCs, leading to an estimated 8 percent decline in PC sales.
The new iPads will also likely have improved cameras. It's unlikely they'll be as sophisticated as that on the iPhone 5s, and more likely they'll be similar to the 8-megapixel camera on the iPhone 5. However, MacRumors has reported that the cameras will not only be 8 megapixel, but will also have a larger aperture similar to the iPhone 5s, which means better performance in low light situations. In addition, it would mean that the camera could have the same slow-motion feature as on the iPhone 5s. The current iPads have 5-megapixel cameras and an f/2.4 aperture.
Of course, the new form factor of the fifth-generation iPad suggests Apple will have to come up with a newly designed Smart Cover, according AppleInsider. They also suggest that the new iPads will have the same color options as the iPhone 5s: gold, silver, and space gray. The AppleInsider post reports the news that companies that buy used iPads had a big spike in activity after the rumor hit that the new iPads will be announced Oct. 22. Market analysts think many iPad users will be eager to upgrade to the new form factor.
Meanwhile, there are already rumors about the 9.7-inch iPad that will be coming in 2014, thanks to market analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, whose past predictions have been right on the money. A post on AppleInsider says he expects the 2014 sixth-generation iPad to have as many as 40 percent more pixels than the current retina display.
As has become typical, photos of the new iPads continue to be leaked online, most recently a selection of hi-res photos courtesy of Sonny Dickson, who must have some good industry contacts.