A new report in Fortune from a “major Apple investor” claims that invitations for the launch of Apple’s iPad Mini will be sent out next week, October 10. The invitation will possibly be for the device’s much-awaited introduction to the public the week after. This is in line with a previous report by All Things Digital, which back in August announced that Apple has scheduled an October press event for the iPad Mini after the launch of the iPhone 5.
If the rumor is correct, the launch would anticipate the upcoming holiday season, which is known to be a lucrative time for electronics companies.
It may be recalled that in 2010, the Cupertino company also decided to unveil a new device, a line of new MacBook Air notebooks, as well as a preview of the Lion operating system, prior to the shopping season.
Speculations about an iPad that measures less than the current 9.7-inch tablet have been circulating for some time, fuelled by various supposed leaks of images of its components as well as mock-ups. Just last month, a website called BoLoPad showed images of the purported tablet, measuring 7.85 inches diagonally, and sporting an aluminum rear casing. Alleged photos of the device also surfaced on Nowhereelse.fr, which has a history of leaking images of yet-unreleased Apple devices.
The iPad Mini is believed to have iOS 6 operating system, an IPS LCD display with a 1024 x 768 or 2048 x 1536 resolution, a 1GHz Dual-Core A5 processor, 512MB of RAM, 16GB / 32GB / 64GB of storage capacity, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n at 5GHz, an indium tin oxide coating, smaller margins on the sides of the display, and a price range of $200 to $250.
The miniature iPad is expected to compete with similarly-sized tablets like the Google Nexus 7 or the Amazon Kindle Fire HD.