It’s official: Apple (s aapl) is holding another press event before the end of the year. This one will take place next Tuesday, Oct. 23 and is widely expected to be the unveiling of a smaller iPad that’s been rumored for so many months.
Apple used a phrase in the invitation that seems to be a nod to such a device: “We have a little more to show you,” it reads — with “little” seeming to be a play on a small iPad.
This event will be held at a different venue than we’re used to for Apple, at the California Theater in San Jose. However, it begins, as normal for an Apple event, at 10 a.m. PT.
It’s expected that Apple will use the venue to unveil an iPad with a screen that measures 7.85 inches, and that it will be a high-definition display, but not necessarily up to the standard of the larger iPad’s Retina display.
Apple’s smaller tablet is expected to touch off a high-stakes battle for buyers this holiday season and beyond, where it will be competing with new tablets from Amazon(s AMZN), Google(s GOOG) and Microsoft(s MSFT). How Apple prices a device without a Retina display and with a smaller screen is something everyone will be watching for.
GigaOM will be at the event in San Jose with live up-to-the-minute coverage, so be sure to join us next Tuesday.