Apple to Send iPad Mini Event Invite on October 10?

Remember iPad mini – the smaller and cheaper iPad that Apple was rumored to launch? We had completely forgotten about it with all the iPhone 5 and iOS 6 news.

The iPad mini rumors are back. Fortune claims that Apple may send out invites for the iPad mini event on October 10.

Fortune’s Philip Elmer-DeWitt reports that according to his source who is a “major Apple investor”, Apple may send out invites for the event 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 a date: The press, he says, can expect invitations to go out on Oct. 10.

This would mean that Apple may have the event on October 16th or October 17th, as Apple typically sends out the invite a week before the event. For example: the invite for the iPhone 5 event on September 12th were sent on September 4th.

Apple is widely expected to launch the smaller and cheaper iPad to compete with cheaper Android-based tablets such as Google’s Nexus 7 and Amazon Kindle Fire HD.

[via Fortune, thanks Tom for the tip!]