The week in Tech: 5 must-know things

An iPad is displayed during an Apple product launch event at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on March 7, 2012, in San Francisco. (Photo: Kevork Djansezian, Getty Images)This week in Tech we heard some new Apple rumors, took a look at innovative new smartphones and more. Here's what you need to know about the week in Tech:
1) Apple said to plan event Oct. 22
Just ahead of the holiday season, Apple is expected to announce a new iPad and a new iPad Mini in two weeks.
An Apple spokesman declined to comment on the rumor, but here's what we've heard so far:
–iPad: The tablet will likely be thinner and lighter than its predecessor. You can also expect to see an improved camera and a new 64-bit A7 chip.
–iPad Mini: The new Mini will likely have a retina display and an A7 chip. It may also be priced down from $329 to $299 or $279.
Check back with Tech in the weeks ahead to get more details about Apple's upcoming event.
2) Apple may sell 5 million to 10 million iWatches in first year: analyst
Apple is also expected to announce the iWatch sometime in the next few months. We don't know details or specs yet, but the sales outlook for the watch is already looking good.
Apple could sell up to 10 million iWatches in their first year on the market, according to a recent survey from Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster. According to the survey of 799 consumers in the U.S., over 12% of iPhone users said they would buy an iWatch.
Munster said Apple would most likely hold off on launching the iWatch until 2014. But CEO Tim Cook said at this year's D11 conference that wearable tech is "profoundly interesting," so keep an eye out early next year for an announcement.
3) Samsung introduces curved display smartphone
If you're one of those people who accidentally cracks your smartphone screen pretty often, this smartphone may be for you.
Samsung announced their new Galaxy Round smartphone on Tuesday, a 5.7-inch device that comes with a flexible display. The display allows for a "Roll Effect" where you can check the date, time, battery status and missed call log. The phone also has a "Gravity Effect" that lets users interact with the phone by tilting it.
You'll have to wait to check this phone out, though. Samsung said they are only selling the Galaxy Round in Korea for now.
4) Rear design backfires on LG G2 smartphone
LG is making a bold attempt at innovation with the distinctive rear control features on their new smartphone, but this new feature might turn off a few traditional phone users.
USA TODAY's Ed Baig tested out the new LG G2 smartphone and said the phone has "a beautiful screen," a "solid camera" and a long-lasting battery. But LG put the power and volume buttons on the back of the phone near where your index finger would rest during a call, which could result in more than a few dropped calls.
The new feature takes time to get used to, but if you want to try out the G2 for yourself, it is on sale for $200 for a 32 GB model with a two-year contract from AT&T, Verizon and Sprint.
5) Amazon goes for PayPal jugular with 'login and pay'
PayPal makes it easy to pay on a number of online shopping sites, but Amazon is looking to enter the online payment business with their own new payment service.
"Login and Pay with Amazon" lets shoppers pay on websites with their Amazon username and password, without having to enter credit card information. The service could appeal to frequent Amazon users, but the company may face some hurdles getting retailers on board. Some retailers see the expansive shopping site as a rival.

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