New date in the running for October iPad launch event
When is Apple going to introduce its next iPad(s)? Ever since last month’s iPhone event, we’ve been craving launch info on the next additions to Apple’s tablet family, and so far we’ve heard a couple ideas. One date that was floated a couple weeks back was October 21, but that hasn’t nicely aligned with subsequent rumors – after all, there’s been talk that iOS 8.1 (with Apple Pay support) could arrive on October 20, and it would be weird to see that come in advance of the iPad launch. But luckily for us, now we’ve got a new date to consider, and it’s one that makes a lot more sense in the context of that iOS 8.1 rumor, suggesting that Apple will hold its iPad event on Thursday, October 16.
As for what we’d see at this event, this new source doesn’t touch on which models Apple may be ready to introduce, but the most likely bet is that we’d get an iPad Air 2. A new iPad mini is also a possibility, though we’ve heard that one may not quite be ready for prime time. Similarly, rumors of a 12.9-inch iPad “Pro” have also been pointing to a 2015 launch.
The iPad Air 2 is expected to incorporate a Touch ID fingerprint sensor and should be compatible with Apple Pay – even if that doesn’t mean NFC. It’s also a possibility that this year may introduce a golden iPad color option for the first time in Apple’s history, mirroring the selection available in its smartphone lineup.