Apple to unveil 2014 iPads, 27-inch Retina iMac at Oct. 16 event?

Apple is reportedly planning to hold a press event on Thursday, Oct. 16, to unveil its new iPad lineup and a 27-inch iMac with Retina display.

The company already took the wraps off its latest smartphone lineup, unveiling the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in September, and it is now expected to introduce the rest of its 2014 product lineup.

The new range of iDevices should include new iPads with Touch ID fingerprint readers, as well as a 27-inch iMac with Retina display. A new report from Re/code is now citing unnamed sources familiar with Apple's plans, claiming that the company's next event is expected to take place in less than two weeks, on Oct. 16.

According to the report, Apple is expected to hold its event at its Town Hall Auditorium at its corporate campus in Cupertino, California. The whole event will reportedly be a "more laid-back affair" compared to the September unveiling of the new iPhones and the Apple Watch.

As previously mentioned, the report further points out that the new line of iMacs 9to5Mac mentioned earlier this week will headline the event alongside the new iPads. Recent rumors have indicated that Apple plans to introduce a new 27-inch iMac with a 5K Retina resolution display, and the beast may debut at the event. This would mark Apple's first time offering an ultra-high resolution panel on an all-in-one (AIO) desktop.

When it comes to the new iPads, meanwhile, Apple's 2014 lineup is expected to consist of an iPad Air 2 and an iPad Mini 3, with the company's Touch ID fingerprint reader that has so far been exclusive to the iPhone. The new iPads are also expected to pack the same A8 processor as the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Recent whispers also suggested that the 2014 iPads will borrow the iPhone's color palette, complete with the gold color option.

Lastly, OS X Yosemite should also be a major part of the event, arriving as Apple's next Mac OS update. Apple first showcased its OS X Yosemite this summer at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) and the new operating system is set to debut this fall. The company is expected to make OS X Yosemite available for download very soon after its Oct. 16 presentation.

Nothing is official at this point, however, which means that everything remains in the rumor state until Apple makes a formal announcement. As always in such cases, a healthy dose of skepticism is advised. 

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