Oct. 15 (Bloomberg) -- Apple Inc. sent invitations to a product event next week in San Francisco, where it is set to introduce an update to its iPad lineup
The Oct. 22 function will start at 10 a.m. local time at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco, Cupertino, California-based Apple said today in a note to members of the media. The venue is where Apple has held many previous product introductions.
Apple, which last month unveiled two iPhone models, is introducing a batch of new products ahead of the holiday shopping season. Next week’s event will include an update to the iPad mini with a high-definition screen, as well as design changes to make the larger iPad thinner, people with knowledge of the plans have said. Apple also is expected to show its Mac software upgrade, called Mavericks, as well as a revamped Mac Pro high-end computer.
“We still have a lot to cover,” Apple said in the invitation.
In the absence of a new iPad, the tablet market shrank in the second quarter, suggesting pent-up demand for the new models. Global tablet unit sales fell 9.7 percent to 45.1 million, with iPad shipments falling to 14.6 million units from 19.5 million in the first quarter, according to researcher IDC.
--Editors: Reed Stevenson, Pui-Wing Tam