With Apple’s smartphone line up now settled for another 12 months, the company’s focus can turn to tablets, and the next generation of both the iPad and iPad mini. We expected both tablets to be updated before the end of the year, and now it looks as though Apple has decided to unveil the iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 before the end of the month.AllThingsD has been told that Apple is set to hold an event on Tuesday, October 22 where the iPad and iPad mini hardware refresh will be the main focus. However, it is also thought that Apple will be rolling out the new design of the Mac Pro as well as OS X Mavericks.We fully expect Apple to have matched the design of the iPad 5 with the iPad mini 2 while at the same time making the iPad smaller without compromising on screen size. We also expect the Touch ID sensor to be used, A7 processors in both tablets, and iOS 7 on board. What we aren’t sure about if whether the iPad mini 2 will make the jump to a Retina display resolution. It would seem crazy not to when you compare the current iPad mini to the competition.As for the Mac Pro and OS X Mavericks, it makes sense to launch them together. Mavericks is v10.9 of OS X and promises improvements to Finder, more iCloud integration, and a range of new features for power users. The Mac Pro on the other hand is Apple’s long overdue update to its most powerful desktop machine. It has a new and very different cylinder design and will ship with a range of processor options including a 12-core Intel Xeon part.Apple will surely confirm the event date in the next week or so when the invites go out. It’s also important to point out that October 22 is the date Microsoft will launch the Surface 2 and Nokia is holding its Innovation Reinvented showcase.