Bloomberg is reporting that Apple is set to announce a refresh of its iPad range later this month, including the addition of a gold color way—but the rumored 12.9-inch version apparently won't appear until next year.

Sources "familiar with the plans" claim that Apple will announce new versions of its 9.7-inch tablets this month. As part of the overhaul, Bloomberg reckons, a gold version will become available to accompany the current silver and space gray versions—the same palette as the iPhone. The additional color is said to be an attempt to "boost a category that's posted declining shipments this year."

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Elsewhere, Bloomberg also claims that "people with knowledge of the situation" are reaffirming rumors that a 12.9-inch iPad is also on its way, but not until next year. Obviously, this is all to be taken with a healthy pinch of salt for now; let's wait see. [Bloomberg]