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Apple’s iPad Mini Event Coming This October 10?

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There were reports that surfaced yesterday, suggesting that Apple will send out invitations on October 10 for a media event. It appears that the company will finally unveil its new and smaller iPad Mini.

Upcoming iPad Mini Media Event

Philip Elmer-DeWitt of Apple 2.0 posted a report last Monday, saying that members of the press will be invited to an Apple event on Wednesday, October 10.

In case this is true, and that this has something to do with the so-called iPad Mini, this could mean that the company will hold the event a week later. That’s because Apple typically give a week’s notice to media people whenever there will be a company event. Additionally, following the iPhone maker’s recent launch schedules with the iPhone 5 and new iPad, the iPad Mini could go on sale on October 26.

The rumors emerged after an unidentified “major Apple investor” talked to Elmer-DeWitt and cited “multiple sources,” saying that Apple will send out the invitations on October 10.

According to our source, who asked not be named, there appears to be some truth to the widespread rumors that Apple is preparing to launch a smaller and cheaper version of the iPad—often called the iPad Mini or iPad Air and usually described as having a 7.85-inch screen.

What our source adds is the specificity of the date: The press, he says, can expect invitations to go out on Oct. 10.

Now and Then: The iPad Mini Rumors

Rumors that Apple will hold a so-called iPad Mini event first surfaced in August. As stated by All Things D’s John Paczkowski:

Only after the next-generation iPhone is out the door and on sale will Apple announced the smaller iPad it’s been working on. That device, which is expected to have a display less than eight inches, will be uncrated at a second special event, which sources said is currently scheduled for October.

Moreover, AMOG reported yesterday that Japanese website Macotakara posted another video of an iPad Mini mockup. The clip shows a black strip at the top of the tablet’s back plate, suggesting that the rumored production version of the device will feature cellular capabilities.

The smaller tablet is expected to feature a 7.85-inch display. Based on previous device mockups, the device will have smaller bezel around the screen, enabling users to hold it with one hand. It was also rumored to sport a Lightning connector, which is already employed on the iPhone 5 and redesigned iPod Touch and iPod Nano.

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