After months of alleged leaked images and mass production reports, we may see an end to the iPad Mini rumors: Apple is expected to hold an invitation-only event later this month to introduce the world to a smaller iPad, just in time for the holiday season.


Apple is expected to hold an invitation-only event on Oct. 23 to launch a smaller iPad, according to AllThingsD. The publication quotes “people familiar with Apple’s plans” and suggests the event will take place at Apple’s Town Hall Auditorium. An iPad Mini, if Apple does dub a tablet with that name, is projected to see up to 8 million sales this holiday season by analysts at RBC Capital Markets.

Since the debut of the original iPad in 2010, Apple has been confident that its current 9.7-inch tablet is an ideal size for a slate. However, after using a smaller 7-inch Samsung tablet and reading our own take on the portability benefits of smaller tablets, Apple executives reconsidered the idea, at the very least and reports suggest a small iPad with a 7.85-display is coming. Adding to the company’s decision could also be the successes of recent 7-inch slates such as Amazon’s Kindle Fire and Google’s Nexus 7 tablet.

With a number of product image leaks and reports of mass production appearing over the past few months, Apple likely is working on a smaller iPad. But the company is known for prototyping and testing any number of different products and form factors. Will there be an iPad Mini or iPad Air in the near future? I suspect so and we should know very shortly as invitations to the reported event would have to be sent out soon.

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  1. A Mini Pad? Really?

  2. richardmgarrett Friday, October 12, 2012

    I like your iPad Air idea — something that combines the best of both and creates a new segment. You just might be on to something!

  3. The new Touch spex may point to the Mini spex and features. The Touch is now a lean and mean and sleek machine. So Apple has created space for the Touch when the Mini arrives. Best guess for the Mini: Less screen resolution then the Touch, less camera resolution, no siri, no passbook. So the Mini will not be as bright, light, or fast. But it will be lighter, brighter, thinner, and faster than the Fire or Nook. And it will have a bigger screen and all those apps and will sell for $250 to schools.

  4. so will the price range be around other famous tablets like say $200-300

  5. jennifermayor83 Tuesday, October 16, 2012

    I bet price will be higher, much higher but then, you know its an iPad so who cares about the price. Its customers look for quality. Thinking of quality, even the accessories that you can add with iPad are so luxurious and classy. I recently saw this video http://youtu.be/voYjNffEvfk . Not only is this iCushion ergonomic but also looks grand with my iPad. I bought this iPad stand fromhttp://www.mobiletoyz.co.uk and am loving my purchase.

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