Is Apple’s iPad Mini Delayed?

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While far from conclusive, there is evidence that Apple has had to push back the release of the much-rumored smaller version of its very popular tablet.

Apple iPad MiniLast week, Fortune reported being told by an inside source that Apple was planning to send out invitations to the press for the launch event for the iPad Mini on Oct. 10. That day has now come and gone and no invitations have arrived.

In a possibly-related development, on Tuesday of this week a website based in Asia reported that Apple has decided to change the design of its mid-size tablet. The reason for this was not given, but the change was allegedly significant enough that a case maker needed to adjust the shape of its products.

Putting these two together, one could find that the release of the iPad Mini had been pushed back while the companies who have been tasked with the production of this device deal with the design change.

A Skeptic’s Approach

Taking one unconfirmed report and adding it to another to reach a conclusion is hardly definitive. An equally valid way to look at this is to say that one or all of the unconfirmed reports is completely untrue, which means that Apple might not be working on anything like an iPad Mini.

Still, a number of very prestigious, generally conservative news sources — this includes the Wall Street Journal — have reported hearing from sources that Apple is working on such a device.

Preview of the iPad Mini

According to unconfirmed reports that came out over the last few months, Apple’s next tablet will have a smaller screen than its predecessors — 7.85 inches instead of 9.8 inches. Even so, it will supposedly be about the size of a Google Nexus 7, which has a 7-inch display.

Naturally, the iPad Mini will debut running Apple iOS 6, giving it Siri support. It will reportedly have both front- and rear-facing cameras and dual stereo speakers.

A price for this tablet is unknown, but it is rumored to cost at least $100 less than the most-recent full-sized Apple iPad. To reduce the cost, a 4G-enabled version allegedly won’t be offered.

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