So it's official: Apple has finally sent out invites for its October 22 launch event in San Francisco, teasing iFans with the not-so-cryptic tagline “we still have a lot to cover”.
It didn't confirm the details – where's the fun in that, after all? – but it's a given that the highlight of the show, from the mobile point of view at least, will be the announcement of the new iPad 5 and iPad mini 2.
With just six days to go before launch day, we've had plenty of leaks and rumours to digest regarding the incoming iPad duo – par for the course when it comes to Apple's new iGadgets.
They'll inevitably be thinner, lighter and more powerful than their predecessors, while they may borrow other new features from each other – the full-size iPad's Retina Display and the iPad mini's slimmer, narrower profile are two good examples.
Elsewhere it's the iPhone 5s that's the source of inspiration. Last week pics emerged appearing to show both the iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 dressed in the space grey colour introduced by the new iPhone, while other reports are claiming Apple will be bringing its Touch ID fingerprint scanner across to iPad-land too.
Plus, needless to say, both new iPad models will ship with iOS 7 on board.
So what else are we likely to see? The colours and text on the invite all but guarantees a new generation of Smart Covers is coming for the iPad, though rumours persist in certain quarters that Apple's lining up a lower-end take on the iPad available in multiple colours – in other words the tablet equivalent of the new iPhone 5c.
The event should also see Apple unveiling some new MacBook Pros, revealing more about OS X 10.9 Mavericks, and maybe, just maybe, finally delivering the much-rumoured iWatch.
Via The Verge