Apple iPad Mini Launch Day: Live News
23 Oct 2012
Live coverage and everything you need to know about Apple's iPad Mini launch
"We've got a little more to show you" teased Apple's official invite to tonight's iPad Mini launch, just hours away at the time of writing. It all kicks off at around 6pm UK time, and we'll be covering the big news here, and also tweeting our thoughts. Hopefully they'll be a bit more positive than during the iPhone 5 launch...
To see what we already know pre-launch, check out our iPad Mini price and specs guide
And that's all folks, we're off to an Asus launch now, pray for our souls!
iPad mini with Wi-Fi models will be available in black & slate or white & silver on Friday, 2 November, for a suggested retail price of:
£269 inc VAT (£224.17 ex VAT) for the 16GB model
£349 inc VAT (£290.83 ex VAT) for the 32GB model
£429 inc VAT (£357.50 ex VAT) for the 64GB model.
The fourth generation iPad with Wi-Fi models will also be available on Friday, 2 November, in black or white for a suggested retail price of:
£399 inc VAT (£332.50 ex VAT) for the 16GB model
£479 inc VAT (£399.17 ex VAT) for the 32GB model
£559 inc VAT (£465.83 ex VAT) for the 64GB model
FaceTime HD camera, 5-megapixel iSight camera on the rear. As powerful as an iPad 2 with a dual-core A5 chip, plus the new Lightning connector.
'Others have tried to make small tablets and failed miserably' apparently, says Apple. We point you to the 5-star Nexus 7 by Asus, sir.
Same 1024 x 768 resolution as the iPad/iPad 2, but with a smaller 7.9-inch screen, for a sharper image.
iPad 4 comes with 4G through EE. And now the iPad mini is unveiled. 50% lighter than the previous iPad. 7.2mm thick. Looks as we expected.
16GB, Wi-Fi version of 'fourth generation iPad' (please god not the offical name) at $499, comes in cellular version too
Wow, fourth generation iPad unveiled with a new twice-as-powerful A6X chip, comes with twice the graphical performance. New iPad owners feeling sick yet? It comes with the new Lightning connector. We're flabbergasted that they'd release another more powerful version so soon, and no doubt at much the same price. Not even the highly-prolific Samsung releases massive updates that quickly, and their tabs are half the cost...
Nope, false alarm. After teasing us with iPad talk, Tim is now banging on about iBooks. Stay tuned folks, can't be long now!
Right, MacBook Pro and iMac stuff out of the way, now it's the turn of the iPad.
So far, all that's been announced is a new thinner, lighter MacBook Pro laptop. We reckon the iPad news will be coming after this. At least, we hope so, because there's a beer out there with our names on it...
Tim Cook is up. So far, the usual macguffins about iPhone sales etc. We reckon it'll be at least 15 mins before anything useful emerges.
Here we go then, for what feels like our hundredth Apple event blog this year, but is probably only the third or fourth. All the news as it happens, and don't forget to check our Twitter feed for our thoughts as they pop into our brains...
Well, plenty of rumours and speculation today, none particulalry founded or based on truth or facts. We've heard that a new full-sized iPad might emerge with a Thunderbolt port and 4G connectivity (although it'll no doubt bring massive naming headaches - New iPad 2? New New iPad?). We've also heard that some macbooks might be shown off, like anyone cares about those laptop thingies...
Just heard that the launch event will be streamed live to Apple TV owners – so if you've got Apple's mini white box hooked up to your telly, turn in at 6pm to see Tim Cook doing his thing. If not, swing by here and we'll sift out the golden nuggets of news amongst all the usual pointless stats and shiny dross.
Greetings Apple fans! So, just six hours from the launch, and we already half-know what to expect thanks to last week's price leaks. We're hoping that Apple has something else up its sleeve, as the iPhone 5 launch was missing the usual 'wow' factor (as was the phone itself).