Apple sends out event invitations for Oct. 22

Apple/Apple - This image appeared in an invite that Apple sent to members of the press. The invite is for an October 22 event.

Apple fans, clear your schedules. The company has sent out media invitations for another of its big San Francisco launch events, on Oct. 22., promising that it still has plenty of announcements up its sleeve.

Media invitations for the event — widely expected to introduce new iPads, among other possible products — hit inboxes Tuesday. The invitation, which features a riot of colorful leaves against a white background carries the tantalizing tag­line, “We still have a lot to cover.”

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Apart from initial speculation that Apple may introduce a line of colorful covers for its devices (the invitations can be pretty literal, sometimes), there are several things either announced or strongly expected from the Apple pipeline that have yet to hit store shelves.

Last year, the company used its October event to introduce two new tablets — the fourth-generation iPad and the iPad mini. Odds seem pretty good, according to analyst reports and rumors fueled by an ever-leaky supply chain, that new tablets will be on the schedule again next week. Many are hoping for an iPad mini with a retina display, although Reuters threw some cold water on that report by citing supply-chain sources who said Apple was having some supply problems with those screens.

Still, it wouldn’t be surprising to see an updated iPad and iPad mini, probably running on faster chips.

Apple also announced a few products at its summer Worldwide Developers Conference that have yet to be released, including the cylindrical Mac Pro and its new desktop operating system, Mavericks. As 9 to 5 Mac’s Marc Gurman noted last month, the company is also expected to refresh other desktop lines, as well as its laptop line and possibly even its Apple TV set-top box. In fact, Gurman has put forward the theory that Apple might opt to split these announcements into two separate events, because there’s so much to say.

Still, it seems to have promised a jam-packed event for next week, so fans should make sure they have left plenty of room on their holiday wish lists.

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