Apple to unveil iPad mini on October 23rd?

The rumor was Apple would send out invitations for its iPad mini launch two days ago, but nothing happened. But today, John Paczkowski from AllThingsD, citing unnamed sources inside Apple, tells us the event will actually take place on October 23rd, just three days before Microsoft unveils its own Surface tablet. Allthingsd has a strong record on predicting these types of events and Tracour pegs them with a 91% accuracy rating, so take this rumor with a bit for weight as it is likely accurate. 

The iPad mini rumor keeps coming back every year, but this time it has finally got some strong backers, especially The Wall Street Journal who keep citing "people familiar with the matter". It was them that broke the story a few days ago that production of the new tablet had finally begun with Apple demanding 10 million tablets from its suppliers.

As far as we know the iPad mini - not the official name - will be sporting a 7.85 inch LCD display, with a resolution equal to that of the iPad 2: 1024x768, so no retina display. It will also come with Apple's new Lightning connector, and presumably it will be thinner than the current iPad.

The launch on October 23rd seems to be somewhat impromptu, with Apple trying to beat Microsoft to the punch. Microsoft will also be launching its own tablet, the Surface RT, on the 26th. Paczkowski speculates that having already had a major event this fall, Apple will refrain itself and host an invite-only, close to home, intimate launch for their new device.

We'll see how this turns out in the days ahead so be sure to stick around.

Source: AllThingsD | Image courtesy of Sonny Dickson’s Twitter

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patseguin said,
I can't think if any reason to have a smaller tablet.

You can have the same specs as other larger tablets but be cheaper and more portable. What's not to like. Just take a look at the Nexus 7

MsftGaurav said,
LOL Apple trying to steal Microsoft's thunder.

They have done it years ago. That's why Microsoft is nowhere in mobile space and tablets and PC shipments are shrinking.

MsftGaurav said,
LOL Apple trying to steal Microsoft's thunder.

i doubt ipad mini comes with new features or anything groundbreaking, its just oversized ipod touch at best

windows 8 tablet will kill ipad mini hype eventually

Eins.MY said,

i doubt ipad mini comes with new features or anything groundbreaking, its just oversized ipod touch at best

windows 8 tablet will kill ipad mini hype eventually

I though the iPad was the oversized ipod touch. Will that now be called the an oversized iPad mini instead?

MsftGaurav said,
LOL Apple trying to steal Microsoft's thunder.

This ^. Great move by apple to take away from the Surface and if the price comes in cheap enough (199-250) it'll take away sales as well.

Eins.MY said,
windows 8 tablet will kill ipad mini hype eventually

Except they don't compete. Not even in the same price range.

Hackersoft MS MVP said,

This ^. Great move by apple to take away from the Surface and if the price comes in cheap enough (199-250) it'll take away sales as well.

Yeah it might, or people may wait for Windows 8 RT to see what that's offering. Because iPad mini is still an iPad nothing really different except size. Windows 8 is going to be a new operating system to the consumers, something new and exciting.

Eins.MY said,

i doubt ipad mini comes with new features or anything groundbreaking, its just oversized ipod touch at best

windows 8 tablet will kill ipad mini hype eventually

Meanwhile, the existing iPad is making Microsoft (and everyone else) strain their butts to come out with SOMEthing so desperately they're forcing tablet features on desktop users that nobody wants.

Oh and, you're about 3 years late to the "oversized iPod" party Here have a pointy hat for participating.

Surface / Win 8 tablets > All other useless toys/tablets.

I'll be replacing my laptop with a Win 8 tablet. An iPad or Android tablet could never do this. Everyone i know who has a tablet also has a laptop because the tablet is extremely limited. Waste of money and pointless. With Win 8 this will change though, one device that does it all.

NoClipMode said,
Surface / Win 8 tablets > All other useless toys/tablets.

I'll be replacing my laptop with a Win 8 tablet. An iPad or Android tablet could never do this. Everyone i know who has a tablet also has a laptop because the tablet is extremely limited. Waste of money and pointless. With Win 8 this will change though, one device that does it all.

My sister has a Kindle Fire. It is really useful for her. Your absolute statement is false clearly fall. If it was useless, nobody would have a use for it.

NoClipMode said,
I'll be replacing my laptop with a Win 8 tablet. An iPad or Android tablet could never do this.

Good for you if something like the Surface does everything you expect from a tablet as well as from a laptop.

NoClipMode said,
Surface / Win 8 tablets > All other useless toys/tablets.

I'll be replacing my laptop with a Win 8 tablet. An iPad or Android tablet could never do this. Everyone i know who has a tablet also has a laptop because the tablet is extremely limited. Waste of money and pointless. With Win 8 this will change though, one device that does it all.

psssst hey, over here! I got a box full of hot Microsoft KINs to sell you. You know, the phones that are > all other useless toys/phones. A device that does it all!

Andrew Lyle said,
When the October 10 date came and went I stopped believing in the iPad mini b
I would have too but recently started following WSJ. If it were just tech blogs and sites saying it after all this time, I would also doubt it. But Apple as a publicly traded company and most of their financial documents are open for public viewing. If WSJ is starting to report on this, chances are its coming, though the date of it is always questionable. A launch right before the Surface makes sense, from a marketing standpoint anyway.

neufuse said,
I have a credible source for this, my brain, that it will be called the iPad Half New
It would have to be a 4.25" tablet for that unless Apple patents a new form of math.

ILikeTobacco said,
It would have to be a 4.25" tablet for that unless Apple patents a new form of math.

alright, you took that joke littearly..... half new as in not much has changed therefore it's "half new" not half size... or else I would of said Half size pad... and new because the last one was called the new iPad.....

mattking said,
Personally I'm more interested in iTunes 11 which will likely be released alongside it.

I really hope it is a complete rewrite of the code and not just another UI thrown on the bloat that itunes has become.

Xenon said,

I really hope it is a complete rewrite of the code and not just another UI thrown on the bloat that itunes has become.

Bloat? Are you sure it's not the OS you're running it on, because on my Mac it feels anything but bloat'y. Far better than WMP did on Windows in fact to not go around looking for open-source alternatives for it

1024x786 on 7.85 is a bit of a let-down ... They should have at least done 1536x1179 ... but I guess if the intent is to keep all the existing apps compatible, then there are only two options ... 1024x786 or 2048x1536

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