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Rumour: Apple launching new iMacs and iPads in October

Apple is rumoured to be on the verge of releasing a new line of iPads and iMacs with a mid-October date expected to herald the arrival of the new devices.

The Register quotes French site MacGeneration as stating the latest gossip tells them Apple is running down stock levels of the iPad and iMac in preparation for a launch event on 15 October to announce the new iMacs and iPads.

Apple’s new line of iMacs will have fourth generation Intel “Haswell” Core i5 or Core i7 processors depending on the model, which is an upgrade on the third generation Intel “Ivy Bridge” Core i5 and Core i7 processors in the current range of iMacs.

As far as the iPad is concerned there is little more to add to the rumour mill than the fact the tablet is mentioned alongside the iMac in the news story and that it could be launched at the event.

Earlier rumours have reported that the new iPad will mimic the iPad mini when it comes to size with a body that is much narrower than the current iPad. One video shows a front panel from the new device and it’s 17cm wide – noticeably smaller than the iPad 4’s 18.5cm girth.

Even with the smaller sizing it has the same size retina display as the previous model with the other difference that the speakers will be upgraded and the volume buttons will be separated into two distinct buttons.

Reliable KGI Securities’ analyst Ming-Chi Kuo added to the rumours by revealing that the device will have a more powerful A7X 64-bit chip that is similar to the one that ships with the new iPhone 5S. Kuo also correctly predicted a number of other details on the iPhone 5S including the fingerprint scanner and new 64-bit chip.

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