Apple's iPad Media Event Scheduled For October 22

Apple will hold its iPad media event on Tuesday, October 22 according to a few reliable sources, AllThingsD and The Loop. Before Apple sends out official press invitations to its media event however, we do know that it is highly anticipated that Apple will release a redesigned iPad 5 with a slimmer, narrow-bezel and aluminum iPad mini-like design (seen in the leaked parts above) - along with Touch ID implementation, improved cameras and specs, a Retina iPad mini and new Space Gray color options which will replace the black slate-colored iPads.

Rumor: iPad 5 Case Taking Design Cues From The iPad Mini

Electronic accessory company MiniSuit has provided Gadgetmac with an exclusive photo of what they claim to be the new redesign of the iPad 5. Apple typically sends accessory makers dimensions of upcoming products beforehand so that they have a sufficient amount of time to begin manufacturing. MiniSuit notes that dimensions were from a “reliable source” and that the iPad 5 takes design cues from the iPad Mini in the forms of a thinner, slimmer bodied case with less bezel on either side. There is also a small hole near the top of the case which would presumably be the rear-facing microphone along with a larger speaker grill at the bottom which could mean dual-speakers like the stereo ones present in the iPad Mini. Little else is revealed but this comes at a time in which Apple is reportedly switching to a twice-a-year refresh for their iPad line of products and could be announced as soon as March.