A chain of leaks and informed speculation may have revealed the date that Apple is going to take the wraps off the iPad Mini, the 8-inch tablet this company is expected to introduce before the end of this month.
Fortune reports being told by an inside source that Apple will send out invitations to the press for the launch event for the mid-size tablet on Oct. 10. If the company follows its previous practices, that event will be held seven days later.
When the iPad Mini will actually be released is still anyone’s guess, but if it really is unveiled on Oct. 17 it will almost certainly be on the market by the end of the month. As an example, it announced the iPhone 5 on Sept. 12 and released it on Sept. 21. It began taking pre-orders a week before the launch.
According to previous unconfirmed reports, Apple’s next tablet will have a smaller screen than its predecessors — 7.85-inches instead of 9.8. It will also have a lower resolution: 1024 x 768. It will be about the size of a Google Nexus 7.
Naturally, the iPad Mini will debut running Apple iOS 6, giving it Siri support. 4G LTE connectivity is expected to be an option on the more expensive versions. It will reportedly have both front- and rear-facing cameras and dual stereo speakers.
Pricing is unknown, but it is expected to cost at least $100 less than the most-recent full-sized Apple tablet.