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Liveblog: Apple to announce the new iPad 5 and iPad mini 2

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Liveblog: Apple to announce the new iPad 5 and iPad mini 2
And here it is - October 22nd, the day when Apple's expected to announce its new tablet computers - the iPad 5 and the iPad mini 2. Needless to say, we're more than pumped up for this event, as we're sure that Apple has a lot of intriguing surprises in store for us.

For starters, the full-sized iPad, which is going to enter its fifth generation, is expected to get a design language similar to that of the iPad mini - with thin side bezels, which should make it considerably more compact. In addition, Apple is also said to make its 9.7" tablet even thinner and, hopefully, lighter. Of course, we're also hoping to see the appearance of an A7 chip inside the new product, as well as the Touch ID fingerprint sensor. Meanwhile, the drama surrounding the iPad mini 2 is quite big, as we've been bombarded with contradicting rumors these days. We still don't know if it's going to have Touch ID or not, or even if it's going to get a higher screen resolution.

But it's now time to leave the rumors and speculation behind (though you can always get back to them here), and get ready to experience the real products, with all of their pros and cons. We'll be bringing you up-to-the-minute updates as the event unfolds, and the only thing you need to do is to enjoy the liveblog below!

THE EVENT STARTS AT: 1PM ET | 12PM CT | 11AM MT | 10AM PT | 5PM GMT | 7PM CET

Live event tracker

13:25And that's a wrap guys! Stay tuned to PhoneArena.com for our iPad Air and mini related coverage. Do you like the new iPads?
13:22Apple's now rolling the first ad for the iPad Air.
13:20
13:19The new iPad mini will cost $399 for the base model, and the original iPad mini will stay as budget offering at $299.
13:18Yay, the iPad mini is also getting the A7 CPU - that's an epic update compared to the CPU in the first mini.
13:172048 x 1536 Retina Display is coming to the iPad mini.
13:16Phil is now going to introduce us to the new iPad mini.
13:15
13:14
13:13Jony Ive makes his first appearance today - on the iPad Air video Apple's playing now.
13:13iPad Air release date is November 1. The price will be $499 for the base model, and the iPad 2 stays as a budget offering at $399.
13:12
13:1110-hour battery life.
13:11MIMO Wi-FI is coming to the iPad Air for faster data connections. 5MP iSight camera with 1080p video recording.
13:10CPU and GPU performance have greatly improved compared to the iPad 4.
13:10Under the hood, there's going to be the new A7 chip. 64 bits, M7 motion coprocessor and all.
13:09iPad Air weighs just 1.0 pound - compared to 1.4 pounds for the iPad 4. Impressive improvement!
13:08The side bezels are 43% thinner than those of the previous version. 7.5mm thin - 20% thinner than iPad 4.
13:07The new generation of the iPad is thinner, lighter, better. Wow - iPad Air is announced!
13:07"Today we think we have the biggest step yet, in delivering this vision that is iPad."
13:06Phil Schiller is back up on stage to introduce the new iPads.
13:04
13:04Apple is now rolling a video which presents the iPad as a useful tool in most peculiar situations - planes, on the field, in medicine, etc.
13:03That's why Tim Cook uses this occasion to reiterate their tablet's supremacy.
13:03While Android has arguably closed the gap with the iPhone, Apple is still decidedly ahead with the iPad.
13:02The iPad apps available in the App Store are now over 475,000.
13:01Tim showcases a new tablet usage statistic, revealing that the iPad has a monstrous 81% share.
13:00Apple has now sold over 170 000 000 iPads.
12:59
12:58Tim Cook is back on stage. We wonder what he's up to...
12:57All of Apple's iWork productivity apps are now free with the purchase of a new Mac or iOS device. Available today!
12:57Eddie Cue having some fun with iWork.
12:55Apple is adding a collaboration feature to iWork for iCloud.
12:53
12:53We're now getting a demo of the updated iWork suite for Mac.
12:49Wow, the new iLife apps will be free for new Mac and iOS owners.
12:48Apparently, there will be different Drummer personalities (different styles), that will be available through in-app purchases.
12:48
12:48A new GarageBand, Drummer, allows you to have a virtual drummer perform along with your songs.
12:46GarageBand has also been updated in terms of UI. We're now going to get a demo of the new GarageBand.
12:45
12:44Eddie also introduces a new version of iMovie.
12:43Photobooks are coming the iPad's iPhoto app.
12:43
12:42Eddie Cue is on stage now, to talk about software and apps.
12:38The Mac Pro will start at $2999 - 3.7 GHz quad-core, 12 GB RAM. Available in December.
12:33
12:33Inside, the new Mac Pro will have Intel Xeon E5, up to 30MP L3 cache, 1866 MHz DDR 3 ECC, up to 64 GB, dual-workstation GPUs.
12:32Next, Phil's going to talk about his favorite new Mac Pro - aka the Time Machine.
12:30The new MacBook Pro 15" will start at $1999 - another $200 price cut.

Images courtesy of PCMag.

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posted on 22 Oct 2013, 11:05 1

1. PootisMan (Posts: 202; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)


I wonder if the the iPad mini is going to get a retina display?

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 11:06

2. PootisMan (Posts: 202; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)


Oops. I put one extra the.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 11:16 8

4. quakan (Posts: 1160; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


Didn't even notice the first time I read it.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 11:20 7

6. shahrooz (Posts: 118; Member since: 17 Sep 2013)


use edit instead of reply

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 13:17

23. Commentator (Posts: 2352; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Confirmed, it does, along with A7.

Kudos to Apple, although they did raise the price by 80 bucks.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 13:18

24. Yubnub (Posts: 100; Member since: 23 May 2013)


yay, it is!

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 11:14

3. androiphone20 (Posts: 1401; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


Boy I ca't wait...

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 11:41 2

10. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5474; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


If you can't, then don't wait.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 12:12 1

15. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5474; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


P.S.

So again no live video stream from Apple event? And Apple is named as a "tech" company, what a shame!

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 11:20

5. richardraji (Posts: 21; Member since: 14 Oct 2013)


lets see what apple has in store for us would it be better than nokia's

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 11:30

7. luigi0824 (Posts: 42; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


this event will overshadow the nokia event

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 11:37 1

8. fouadqr (Posts: 288; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)


LOL Nokia is the Best

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 11:39 2

9. luigi0824 (Posts: 42; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


the lumia 1520 is very beautiful but its a windows phone :-(

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 11:44 1

12. fouadqr (Posts: 288; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)


windows phone is a good guy

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 12:15

17. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1619; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


sorry not mature enough end of.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 12:32

19. richardraji (Posts: 21; Member since: 14 Oct 2013)


lets see about that

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 13:14

22. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6283; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


I prefer the Nokia tablet than this thing.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 11:42

11. vaibhavaggarwal (Posts: 44; Member since: 05 Jul 2013)


watch the vlog on youtube:
youtube.com/watch?v=jqiI4L9aVI4

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 12:04 2

13. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2555; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Blah. Nobody cares. At least nobody SHOULD care

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 12:11 1

14. THE.DARK.KNIGHT (banned) (Posts: 269; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


You care. That's why you're here.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 12:13 2

16. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Yet another oversized ipod touch...

I was forced to use one today unfortunately.
I wanted originally to transform some movies to it but I couldn't since I don't have itunes.
I wanted to load the movies to my SGS3 and transfer them to the iPad via bluetooth... nah who am I kidding.

I wanted to take a hammer to kill the damn thing and go buy a tablet which is a PC and not an itoy. But I couldn't since it wasn't mine.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 12:26 2

18. improv (Posts: 95; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


Free OS Mavericks! Woohoo!

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 12:49

20. onilink67 (Posts: 8; Member since: 18 Jun 2012)


How many MB is in 30 MP of L3 Cache?

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 13:09

21. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 813; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


Sweet, watching this from my iPad4 :)

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 13:30

25. xfire99 (Posts: 457; Member since: 14 Mar 2012)


Kudo to Kuo guy, that had right about Ipad 5 and mini. He beats me as analyst. :p
But still big disappointment, No touchID and A7X chip. A boring Apple event too, nothing big special surprise and now
Only positive are the prices, but I didnt get the Ipad Air price or spec?
Apple stock gonna have a big blow. Sell as fast u can now. :p

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 13:37

26. luigi0824 (Posts: 42; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


no full hd front facing camera :-(

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