Apple to Launch Retina iPad mini, Thinner iPad 5 Says Bloomberg

Bloomberg reports this evening sources say Apple will debut an iPad mini with Retina display at its October 22 special event, alongside a thinner iPad 5:

Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook will debut a high-definition iPad mini and a thinner iPad at a San Francisco event tomorrow, people with knowledge of the plans have said.

Sources also say OS X Mavericks will have a launch date alongside the new Mac Pro tomorrow, which many have long assumed:

The company will also show new Mac software and a new Mac Pro high-end desktop computer at tomorrow’s event, a person with knowledge of the plans has said.

The news of a Retina iPad mini being announced on Tuesday was also echoed this evening by the Wall Street Journal:

Apple is now readying a revamped iPad Mini with a high-resolution “retina” display. It’s also working on a thinner, lighter version of its standard 9.7-inch iPad, using a thin film instead of the glass found in existing models, based on information from the company’s parts suppliers.

This weekend KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo also released his predictions for the Tuesday special event, citing specifics such as an iPad 5 weighing in at 500 grams at 7.5mm thickness, with an 8 megapixel camera, all powered by a new 64-bit A7X chip. He also noted the highly anticipated Retina iPad mini would also debut, alongside Touch ID on both models.

If you’ve been waiting for a Retina iPad mini, it looks like it’s coming this week. Get your bags of cash ready, because like Apple said in its event invite “We still have a lot to cover,” which means more hardware and software updates are expected.