Hot on the heels of the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s launch came rumours of another Apple event, and we now have confirmation that this event is happening on 22 October. This time we expect Apple to show off some bigger mobile devices - the iPad 5 and iPad mini 2.
We'll be covering the news as it happens on Tuesday night, so make sure you visit Macworld.co.uk, in the meantime, read on for our thoughts about what to expect, or watch our video above where we discuss what we expect to see on the 22 October.
It is thought that Apple will be focusing on its iPad line-up during the event, so we expect a fifth-generation iPad and a second-generation iPad mini to be announced. In addition, the new Mac Pro and OS X Mavericks are likely to put in an appearance - Mavericks seems likely given that we also expect Apple to update the MacBook Pro and Mac mini.
iPad 5 & iPad mini 2
It has been widely expected that new iPads will be unveiled in October, especially as Apple did the same thing at an event last October. The 22 October event would make the launch of the iPad 5 little under a year after the fourth-generation's unveiling, which took place on 23 October 2012. It would also put the iPad launch just over a month after the new iPhones were unveiled.
It's likely that the iPad 5 will get a thinner, lighter design, resembling that of its smaller sibling, the iPad mini. We've seen numerous leaked images that seem to confirm this theory. It also seems likely that we may see a Space Gray version, although a gold version, while rumoured, seems less likely.
As for the iPad mini 2, there's not much floating around the web that gives us a solid idea of what we can expect from the update to the 7.9in tablet. We think that Apple will eventually want to add a Retina display to the iPad mini, but we don't know whether that will come with the October update of the device.
It's possible that both iPads will have the iPhone 5s's Touch ID fingerprint sensor technology, too. Additionally, Apple could decide to launch a gold iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 in keeping with the new colour of iPhone 5s.
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who correctly predicted much of the 10 September iPhone event, including the discontinuation of the iPhone 5, has recently said that he thinks the second-generation iPad mini will have a Retina display and A7X processor, which will also be found in the iPad 5.
Interestingly, Kuo expects that Apple will release a cheaper iPad mini model next year, to join the iPad line-up in a similar fashion to the iPhone 5c. He believes that, by 2014, the iPad line-up will be iPad 2, iPad 5, iPad mini 2 and a cheaper, plastic-backed iPad mini that's available in multiple colours.
New Macs at 22 October event
When it comes to new Macs, it's likely that Apple will want to update its entire range to give them Intel's new Haswell processors. The MacBook Air has already been updated (during WWDC 2013 in June), so we expect that the Retina MacBook Pro and Mac mini will follow. Will they retire the MacBook Pro - the only Mac to feature a optical drive?
Apple announced the new Haswell iMac on 24 September, read about the New Apple iMac price and availability.
Additionally, we know that Apple is planning to release its new Mac Pro by the end of the year, so its October event could be an ideal time to tell us more about when we can expect them to become available.
This new Mac should demonstrate that Apple still cares about its traditional market of power users, and it should turn a few heads when the results of the speed tests are published.
You can also expect that people will complain about the price and it's possible that supply will be constrained as this is the first Mac that Apple is building in the USA.
Let's hope it won't be a repeat of the iMac launch last year - most people couldn't get their hands on a new iMac before Christmas.
We've also heard that Apple could be planning to update its Apple TV hardware in October, too, so we'll be looking out for that at the special event.
OS X Mavericks on 22 October
OS X Mavericks is also likely to make an appearance at the event on the 22 October. We expect that Apple will make this available for download towards the end of the month, Wednesday 30 October looks most likely.
Speaking of software, we also hope that Apple takes this opportunity to update some of its software. Top of our list of Mac software is iLife (last updated in October 2010), iWork (January 2009), Aperture (February 2010) and Final Cut Pro (June 2011). Actually we know Apple is working on a Final Cut update because they said they were at WWDC, but that may still be a minor update rather than a whole new version.
Read more about OS X Mavericks here:
Apple has been decorating the venue for the event ahead of 22 October. See the photos below!
What did Apple announce on 23 October 2012?
- New version of iBooks
- 13in MacBook Pro Retina
- New thin iMac design
- Fusion Drive
- A6X chip
- iPad 4
- iPad mini