NEW YORK (
(AAPL - Get Report) has an event scheduled for Oct. 22, and Mark Gurman, senior editor at
TheStreet's Brittany Umar to expect new iPads.
It's been about a year since Apple refreshed the iPad, and Gurman said he expects changes but nothing overwhelming.
For the full-sized iPad, he said it'll likely be thinner and lighter, while the iPad Mini will be faster and -- he hopes -- come with the high-resolution Retina Display.
The timing of the event is interesting.
(NOK) has an event scheduled for that day, and it's also the first day
(MSFT) Surface 2 tablet goes on sale.
Gurman said that it's not surprising Apple is doing a product refresh now, because it fits the company's usual pattern. He said the timing is merely a coincidence -- and a convenient one at that.
He said that while the Surface 2 will fill some niche pockets of the tablet market, it's not a huge seller. The iPad refresh should be a good move ahead of the holiday season, however, he said.
Apple is also expected to reveal more information regarding the next Mac operating system and perhaps the new Mac Pro desktop computer, Gurman concluded.
-- Written by Bret Kenwell in Petoskey, Mich.