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Microsoft announced October 12 for its Surface tablet debut, and it is in the middle of the date range expected for an Apple event featuring the Mac and iPad.

The October 12 event is Microsoft's first in-person event since the pandemic started, and it will be streamed as well. Starting 10:00 ET on October 12, rumors point to a Surface Pro 9 and Surface Laptop 5.

Both devices are expected to include 12th-generation Intel chips, an upgrade from the 11th-generation chips inside the Surface Pro 9 and Surface Laptop 4 from 2021. These chips could be an Intel Core i5-1235U and Core i7-1255U.

The products may also have a storage option of one terabyte at its maximum, and up to 16GB of RAM may be available. The Surface Pro 9 could have an Arm-based variant, based on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 platform, according to a report from September 20.

The Surface Pro 9 could be available in new colors, including green ("Forest") and light blue ("Sapphire"). Pricing for the Surface Pro 9 is said to start at $1,288, with a rumored price of $1,189 for the Surface Laptop 5. Current Surface devices are up to $400 off ahead of the event.

Apple event in October 2022

Apple is also expected to have an October event, for the release of macOS Ventura, iPadOS 16, and new hardware.

The company certainly isn't done with 2022, and there are a few products that may appear. Apple's iPad and iPad Pro lines are expected to see refreshes, as is some of the Mac line.

The Mac Studio most certainly won't get an upgrade at the event, but the MacBook Pro is expected to see some form of M2 processor in the next few months. The Mac mini and iMac larger than 24-inches have been wanting attention too.

In previous years, Apple has chosen the following dates for October events:

  • Monday, October 18, 2021
  • Tuesday, October 13, 2020
  • Tuesday, October 30, 2018
  • Thursday, October 27, 2016
  • Thursday, October 16, 2014
  • Tuesday, October 22, 2013
  • Tuesday, October 23, 2012
  • Tuesday, October 4, 2011