Apple is preparing to launch updated versions of its iPad tablets this fall, but don’t expect the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 to see their release date unveiled at Apple’s confirmed Sept 9th press event. That event will offer new versions of the iPhone and iPod touch, along with the official rollout of the iOS 8 system software and other new products. But Apple has a definitive recent history of keeping its new iPads separate from its new iPhones, meaning the new tablets will have to wait for another day. But when?
Part of that depends on how quickly Apple pulls together the new iPad models. The iPad Air 2 is, by various accounts, merely an evolutionary followup to last year’s original Air. That means it may be ready for its release date already. The iPad mini 3, however, could see a radical redesign after the first two iPad mini models were mostly identical on the outside. One way or another they’ll both be ready in time for the holiday season. But is there any way to narrow it down more precisely?
Recent history points to Apple holding its iPad press event about five weeks after it’s iPhone event. So if the iPhones are coming Sept 9th, it’s safe to look for the iPad mini 3 and iPad Air release date in mid October.