Posted by : Sukanta Sarkar Saturday, October 11, 2014

AppId is over the quota
AppId is over the quota
Hot on the heels of new iPhones come what is expected to be a new crowd of iPads. Rumors abound that we may get an even thinner iPad Air, but a new Mini and fresh Macs could also be on the menu.

iPad Air and MiniBoth the Air and the Mini are likely to get updates. Sarah Tew/CNET

Right on time ahead of Apple's anticipated iPad announcement on October 16, we've gotten a fresh round of leaked product images purporting to be the iPad Air 2. The alleged leaks appear to show a quarter-inch-thick tablet that's slimmer than its predecessor. The rumors also say it will come with a Touch ID fingerprint sensor, like newer iPhones.

One of the more enticing rumors (also one of the sketchiest) is that Apple may introduced a super-size 12.9-inch iPad to go with its super-size iPhone 6 Plus. This one is a bit of long shot, though it's possible such a device could emerge in 2015 instead. A slightly likelier rumor is that Apple could introduce a gold color option for iPads to join the existing black and white models. Considering how popular the white iPad was, this could be a fun addition to the lineup.

Apple fans who prefer physical keyboards may also get some fresh products at the event, too. We could be due for new iMacs to go along with the OS X Yosemite software unveiled earlier in the year.

As someone who is still using an iPad 2 while also wielding the latest iPad Mini Retina, I've got my eye on upgrades to the entire iPad lineup. I'm especially intrigued by what Apple might pull off in terms of new features in an attempt to wow an audience that is looking for the next big thing. With declining iPad sales haunting the market, Apple could use a big win in the tablet space. That might mean coming up with an unexpected feature designed to make buyers say, "Wow."

Whether the new iPads will be incremental or truly innovative remains to seen. Despite rumors and alleged leaks, we're all still mostly in the dark as to what the new models might really look like. You've followed the gossip. You're planning to tune in to CNET's live coverage of the iPad announcement. What do you want most from the event? Vote in our poll and share your thoughts in the comments.

Freelance writer Amanda C. Kooser covers gadgets and tech news with a twist for CNET's Crave blog. When not wallowing in weird gadgets and iPad apps for cats, she can be found tinkering with her 1956 DeSoto.

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