iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 launch confirmed for 22 October

Apple has sent out its invitation to an event where the iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 are expected to launch.

See also: Apple event live: iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 launch.

The iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 launch event will take place at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater (crap name) in San Francisco on 22 October at 10am local time (6pm in the UK). See also Argos announces new £99 Android tablet.

The early ruours are suggesting that the iPad 5 will feature a new processor, possibly with a M7 coprocessor too, as well as sport a new spay gray colour scheme to bring it in line with the flagship smartphone the iPhone 5s. We also expect Apple to shave off a few milometers from the iPad 5's bezel and the thickness too. See The top 10 best tablets: What's the best tablet you can buy in 2013?

The major talking point for the iPad mini 2 is its screen. The rumour mill and general consensus of the web is that Apple will use this opportunity to upgrade the iPad mini 2's screen to a Retina display...there are also suggestions that Apple will launch a cheap a iPad mini 2 with a lesser screen in order to capture some of the budget tablet market.

Take a look at our Apple iPad 5 release date, price and specs rumours article and our iPad mini 2 release date, specs and price in the UK 2013 to find out more about the two new tablets that the world expects Apple to launch on 22 October.