Apple iPad Air & iPad mini with Retina launch: All the build up

Just a month after the blockbuster unveiling of its critically-acclaimed iPhone 5S, Apple appears set to take centre stage again in October, with the iconic US company now having confirmed that it will hold a special iPad launch event on 22 October after much speculation.

As ever, the technology world is counting down to Apple's next launch with baited breath, and this is your one-stop shop for everything iPad related ahead of next week's big event. So what can we expect?

Many are taking the launch of Apple's fifth-generation iPad as something of a given, so the real talking point thus far is whether or not its reduced form factor sibling will also be revealed next week.

Some rumours have suggested that Apple is experiencing delays sourcing displays for the iPad mini 2, which could mean that the smaller tablet won't be shown off until later in the year, or possibly even 2014. However, many remain confident that we'll see both devices catwalked on 22 October.

As a result of the champagne gold iPhone 5S, another hot tip is that Apple's new iPads may also be offered in a ritzy new flavour.

Below, you'll find live updating coverage of all the latest news, gossip, and analysis as we build up to the expected 22 October iPad cloak-pull. And of course, we'll be offering the best live blog of the event itself when the time comes, so thanks in advance for joining us.

  • 22 October
  • 16:55

    Thanks for joining us for the countdown to Apple's big event tonight - you can now head over to our Apple iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 launch live blog for the main event, which kicks off at 18:00 BST!

  • 11:19
  • 11:18

    Yes, the big day has arrived - it's 22 October and from 18:00 BST Apple is set to launch a range of new devices. The iPad mini 2 and iPad 5 are the headline acts, but we're also likely to see a general release around Mac OS X Mavericks and very possibly new MacBook Pros.

  • 21 October
  • 18:11

    We're just about ready to knock off here for the day - see you tomorrow, when we'll be live blogging Apple's big iPad launch from 18:00 BST, with plenty of build up before. In the meantime, check out our iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 wishlist - we'd all dearly love a Retina display 7in tablet from Apple, but is it likely to happen? You'll have to follow the link to find out.

  • 13:53

    Suggestive wording on its invite has led many to speculate that Apple's iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 will come with new smart covers, a suggestion that we've got quite a lot of time for. In particular, we'd like to see something that resembles the fold-out keyboard sported by Microsoft's Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 - an addition that would further bolster the iPad's professional credentials.

  • 13:49

  • 13:27

    JUST IN: A leaked screenshot of Apple's channel inventory appears to confirm that Tuesday's big cloak-pull will indeed reveal the iPad 5 and iPad mini 2, as well as new MacBook Pro laptops. That seems to be that, then?

  • 10:27

    One big question to be answered tomorrow is whether or not Apple's new iPads will feature a fingerprint scanner à la the iPhone 5S - previous photo leaks suggest this is a serious possibility.

  • 10:25

    Happy Monday readers, we're now just one sleep away from the next blockbuster Apple launch!

  • 20 October
  • 10:38

    Keep brushing up on your knowledge while the roast crackles away in the oven today - our Apple iPad 4 review should help get the blood pumping as the big day fast approaches.

  • 10:36

  • 19 October
  • 08:34

    Weekend reading to get you in the mood for next week's big Apple launch? Look no further than our detailed iPad mini review. Needless to say, the first iteration was an impressive product, though there are some areas that Apple could improve on with the iPad mini 2, namely the relatively low resolution display.

  • 08:31

  • 18 October
  • 17:52

    Yet more chit-chat ventures that Apple is currently experimenting with a lanky 13in iPad model as it looks towards a long-term strategy of unifying its iOS and Mac OS X platforms. Is that something you'd be interested in? You've got the whole weekend to contemplate, so share your thoughts via the comment section below

  • 11:55

    Another juicy nugget has it that Apple's iPad 5 will be slimmed down compared to previous generations of the popular tablet - that there's one of leaked photos

  • 11:53

  • 11:27

    As you can see, one of the top tips is that Apple will follow its gold iPhone 5S with a similarly blingtastic new iPad. At least, that's what the latest photo leaks are telling us...

  • 11:25

    The obvious place to start is our iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 rumour roundup, a tidy digest of all the hottest Apple tablet gossip and what you can expect from next week's big launch

  • 11:22

  • 11:20

    Hardware fiend? Gadget aficionado? Dare we even say, fanboy? You're in the right place! Thanks for joining us early as we count down to Apple's blockbuster 22 October iPad launch event