Apple Sends Out Invite For iPad Mini Event On October 23

The Loop reports that Apple has just sent out invites for the eagerly awaited media event on October 23.

The event will be held at the California Theatre in San Jose and is scheduled to begin at 10:00 AM Pacific or 1:00 PM Eastern.

As you can see below, the tag line on the invitation says “We’ve got a little more to show you“.

Apple is widely expected to unveil the smaller and cheaper, unofficially dubbed iPad mini at the event to compete with cheaper Android based tablets like Google Nexus 7 and Amazon Kindle Fire.

The iPad mini is expected to come with a 7.85-inch display with a narrower side bezel and 1024×768 resolution (same as the iPad 2 and the original iPad), it’s also supposed to be a lot thinner and lighter than full-sized iPad and could be priced at $249 – $299.

Apple is also rumored to launch the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro, redesigned iMacs, revised iPad and new Mac minis at the event.

We can’t wait to see what Apple has in store for us.

[via The Loop]

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  • Kwopau

    This is going to be an interesting one.

  • Roberto

    I still think this is going to be an interesting price competition between the Mini and the Ipod

  • Alan

    Can’t wait to get my hands on the iPad mini

    • Galaxy

      Can’t wait to get Samsung Galaxy Note 2…..

      • http://www.facebook.com/THExREALxTACO Jeremy Taco Patterson

        I can’t wait for you guys to find your own site to “visit”.

      • barondebxl

        i got it!

  • Jeremy Taco Patterson

    I wish they would just drop a bomb on the small tablet market and price at least the lowest-featured version of it at $199.

    It’s not like apple to focus on price as a “feature”, but I really do think they’d sell a billion of them if they were priced in that range.

    • http://www.iphonehacks.com iPhoneHacks

      That’s true, but Apple will most likely launch it for $249 so that it gives them an opportunity to drop the price of the 1st generation iPad mini to $199 when they launch the 2nd gen iPad mini.

      We believe people will be willing to pay a premium of $50 for an Apple product.

    • http://www.iphonehacks.com iPhoneHacks

      That’s true, but Apple will most likely launch it for $249 so that it gives them an opportunity to drop the price of the 1st generation iPad mini to $199 when they launch the 2nd gen iPad mini.

      We believe people will be willing to pay a premium of $50 for an Apple product.

      • http://www.facebook.com/THExREALxTACO Jeremy Taco Patterson

        Oh absolutely. I really don’t expect it to happen, but it would be an interesting scenario to observe.

      • Why

        Still don’t understand how they would price the mini at around $250-300 when the latest Touch is priced at $300. Why would anyone buy a touch when it would be a better value to get a mini? And what’s up with the mobile site? Basically impossible to comment.

  • Shan

    Isn’t that an aye on top of the apple? Maybe a retina display iPad Mini or the 13in MacBook Retina Display?

  • he said what?

    Jobs went on to say that the 7″ form factor is not a good size for tablet applications and that these tablets are 45% smaller than the iPad. He then said – and we don’t have the exact quote, but this is the gist: these 7″ tablets should come with sandpaper, so that users can file down their fingers so they can use them.

    • davewg112

      Almost all [Android-based tablets] use 7-inch screens as opposed to iPads near 10-inch screen. Let’s start there.
      One naturally thinks that a 7-inch screen would offer 70 per cent of the benefits of the 10-inch screen. Unfortunately, this is far from the truth. The screen measurements are diagonal, so that a 7-inch screen is only 45 per cent as large as iPad’s 10-inch screen. You heard me right. Just 45 per cent as large.

      If you take an iPad and hold it upright in portrait view and draw an imaginary horizontal line halfway down the screen, the screens on a 7-inch tablet are a bit smaller than the bottom half of the iPad’s display. The size isn’t sufficient to create great tablet apps, in our opinion.

      While one could increase the resolution of the display to make up for some of the difference, it is meaningless unless your tablet also includes sandpaper so that the user can sand down their fingers to around one quarter of their present size.

      Apple has done extensive user testing on touch interfaces over many years, and we really understand this stuff. There are clear limits of how close you can physically place elements on a touchscreen before users cannot reliably tap, flick, or pinch them. This one of the key reasons, we think, the 10-inch screen size is the minimum size required to create great tablet apps.

  • Galaxy

    The iPad mini may not be a value product after all ..same old features

  • Rudy

    Steve jobs dream is little by little fading away. Smh. Rip Steve. Glad your not here to see what your inspiration is becoming

  • Britjoe

    People are comparing Apple and Oranges ;) , I will be purchasing a iPad Mini for my Wife because she finds the Ipad we have to heavy for reading in bed, and a little large for her handbag Etc, we had a HTC flyer (i liked it, but the 16.9 ratio was awful for web browsing.
    Ive already sold the HTC flyer for the iPad Mini.

  • dodo

    Could it not be Apple Television rather than iPad mini?