Posted 10/15/2012 at 11:21 AM
Posted 5 years ago
Since Jeff Bezos took to the stage at an Amazon event in early September to launch the new range of Kindle Fire HD tablets, rumors have been rife that Apple has a smaller tablet of their own to unveil to the world. Today, that tablet – known as the iPad Mini – has an expected launch date: October 23, 2012.
According to Reuters, a source “familiar with the matter” has revealed that Apple will host an invite-only event on October 23 where it is widely expected to announce the tablet to take on the offerings of Amazon and Google.
The Reuters source did not go as far as to say what the product would be and no Apple spokesman would comment on the matter, but AllThingsD’s John Paczkowski has said that the product will be the iPad Mini, with many industry experts agreeing.
In his blog post, John Paczkowski admits details are not forthcoming, but confirms what sources have been predicting for months:
“Well, details are slim. Sources say the iPad’s diminutive sibling will feature a 7.85-inch liquid-crystal display and a Lightning connector. It will also probably be thinner. And that’s about it.”
It may not be set in stone that the iPad Mini will be the product announced at the October event, but AllThingsD is generally on point with such predictions, correctly predicting events to unveil the iPad 2 in 2011 and the new iPad earlier this year.
Under Steve Jobs, we may never have seen a smaller tablet coming out of Apple. The late, great chief was famously against small screen tablets, saying that they were, “too big to compete with a smartphone and too small to compete with an iPad.” However, success of the Kindle Fire and “incredible” demand for the Google Nexus 7 has brought a reaction from the big A.
If it is confirmed, the iPad Mini is expected to be half the price of an entry-level iPad, leading to a holiday shopping season tablet war.