Oct 22 2013
Technology giants Apple and Nokia are expected to release their much-anticipated new devices today.
Both firms - in keeping with technology protocol ahead of big launches - have remained tight-lipped about the products.
However, both have confirmed they are to hold "events" today.
Apple is expected to unveil the iPad 5 and iPad Mini 2 devices, while Nokia is holding a live webcast from 8am to show off its latest release.
Experts say they expect the iPad mini 2 will contain a better camera and a retina display, and could trigger the customary pre-Christmas technology rush.
There are also suggestions it could feature a fingerprint scanner, similar to the one used on the iPhone 5S, launched last month.
The security feature, on the iPhone 5S, is built into the home button and uses a laser cut sapphire crystal with a sensor to take a high-resolution image of a user's fingerprint.
According to Apple, the technology can ''intelligently analyse'' the print to provide accurate readings from any angle - although hackers later said they were able to crack the safety feature.
It is a busy week for technology firms with Microsoft holding an event for its Surface device in New York tomorrow. It is expected to reveal a new tablet.
The announcements come as Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and Electronic Arts founder Trip Hawkins speak at an Apps World event in London, covering the present and future of apps as well as sharing insights into the industry.
Mr Hawkins will speak today and Mr Wozniak will address the event tomorrow.