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Apple slated to reveal iPad at media event on October 16

The iPhone maker has another event up its sleeve: this one for the latest iPad, slated to launch later this month. Will we also see OS X Yosemite and Apple Pay released?
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Written by Zack Whittaker, Writer-editor on
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Apple is said to be holding an event later this month to unveil the latest iPad, and a few other nuggets left out from September's iPhone 6 launch.

Sources speaking to Recode point to an event on October 16 — a little under two weeks from now — where the Cupertino, Calif.-based technology giant will launch its next-generation tablet.

Apple has so far remained quiet, however. It's worth noting Recode has traditionally reported accurate media event dates prior to invites going out to the press — typically in the week prior to the date.

Multiple reports over the past week or so have pointed to the next iPad landing with a Touch ID fingerprint sensor — a boon to enterprise customers; along with Apple Pay, albeit without the counterpart near-field communications (NFC) chip.

Which makes sense. Who wants to hold an iPad up to a terminal to buy coffee?

Also at the event, Recode said, new iMacs will be revealed. That would coincide with a number of related features and software updates, which have been previously slated for the October-November timeframe.

OS X Yosemite, Apple's latest operating system for Macs, MacBooks, and iMacs, is also expected to make an appearance. It's expected to be offered for free — as with most recent updates over the past few years.

Yosemite, known officially as OS X 10.10, will tie together the iPhone and iPad with its Mac lineup, with the continuity feature, dubbed Handoff, which enables users to switch seamlessly between devices when connected through iCloud.

Also, a number of new features will land that will boost productivity and seamlessness across devices, like cellular calling through Macs, using iPhones as the conduit.

Apple Pay is also expected to launch at the event, which was announced but was left out of the iPhone 6's launch.

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