Apple stays silent over possible iPad 5, new iPad mini launch

With 22 October, and the suspected launch of the iPad 5 and new iPad mini, creeping ever closer, Apple is still refusing to comment on any rumours. This silence is leading to widespread speculation among industry analysts.

Several inside sources have told the press that the Cupertino-based company will hold its next invitation-only event on Tuesday, 22 October, and it's at this event that most analysts now agree that the fifth-generation iPad is expected to be announced.

Some are also predicting a revamp of the iPad mini, complete with retina display, though it's far from certain that this will be the case.

However, Apple is maintaining a strict code of silence surrounding the event.

The iPad 5 is expected to come in a sleeker, lighter chassis than previous models, taking cues from the popularity of its "mini" cousin. It will run Apple's new A7 chip, the same 64-bit processor to be found in the iPhone 5S.

Although Apple is refusing to disclose a location, industry insiders believe that it will not be held at the California Theatre in San Jose, where the iPad 4 was announced in 2012. The two most likely locations after that are Apple's Town Hall Auditorium in Cupertino and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.

Last year, Apple issued invitations for its iPad 4 event only a week in advance – reporters and insiders got their invites on 16 October for the 23 October event. If this is a good template to go by, invitees should hear about the event by next Tuesday (15 October).

Hopes are also high that this event could see the launch of OS X 10.9, or Mavericks, the latest in the long line of Apple's operating systems. Early reports suggest that the new operating system has already been distributed to developers. It's also possible that a date will be set for the release of the new Mac Pro desktop, the first update since June 2012.

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