Are new iPads on the way?

Jeremy C. Owens / San Jose Mercury News /

Published Oct 16, 2013 at 05:00AM

Apple Inc. on Tuesday invited media to an event in San Francisco next week, where 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 for 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 its 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 last June, while Mavericks, also debuted at that same show, has been in beta testing since then.

Apple last updated its iPad line about a year ago, when the iPad Mini debuted. The smaller tablet — the screen is slightly less than 8 inches, while the full-sized iPad measures almost 10 inches diagonally — arrived after Google and Amazon popularized the smaller tablet design with their Nexus 7 and Kindle tablet offerings, respectively.

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.

But 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.