Apple confirms October 23 event, iPad Mini coming?
Putting an end to the speculations regarding the iPad Mini, Apple has officially sent out invites for an event on October 23 that strongly suggest that the company is going to unveil a 7-inch version of the most popular tablet in the world, the iPad.
The event that is scheduled to take place next Tuesday, will be held at the California Theatre in San Jose, and the digital cars sent out by Apple, reads: "We've got a little more to show you."
The move to have a 7-inch tablet in their armory came after Apple began to lose it's share in the tablet market while it's competitors gained momentum with their tablets like the Amazon Kindle Fire and the Google Nexus 7.
Contrary to what Apple is planning now, it's former CEO, Steve Jobs derided the idea of a smaller iPad when he was in charge.
Back then, in an interview, Jobs said, "There are clear limits of how close you can physically place elements on a touch screen, this is one of the key reasons we think the 10-inch screen size is the minimum size required to create great tablet apps."
Steve Jobs even went to the extent of saying that the smaller tablets that were due in the later part of 2010 would be "DOA, Dead on Arrival," and that it would be a painful learning experience for it's manufacturers.
The smaller tablets like the Google Nexus 7 that are available in the market today have become quite popular with the masses as they offer great value for money to the customers.
But now, Apple would want to put all that behind and hope to regain the lost ground as it gets ready to take on the competition with it's smaller iPad. It is expected that Apple would launch the iPad mini across various storage options like 8GB, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB.
It is expected the iPad Mini range would start from $299 and will go up to $550.
Apple should surely gear up as it's going to face intense competition with the likes of Microsoft which launches it's surface tablet this month, on October 26. The Microsoft Surface, along with a range of other Windows 8 powered tablets, would surely make things difficult for Apple.