With the iPhone 5 launch hysteria having suitably died down, Apple are now turning their sights to their next big launch. Or should that be miniature launch? Apple are rumoured to be sending out invites to the launch of their iPad Mini tablet device on 10 October.
The source, said to be a “major Apple investor”, has told Fortune that a 7.85-inch iPad will definitely land before the year is out, and will be significantly cheaper than the standard iPad.
If invites do indeed land on 10 October, convention puts the actual launch event at a week later, being on 17 or 18 October. Fortune suggest a retail date for the device could be as soon as 16 days later, on Friday 2 November. That’s be a slightly longer wait than the 9 days between the iPhone 5’s unveiling and shipping dates.
Either way, the iPad Mini is looking like more of a certainty with each passing day. We’ll keep you posted with all the latest rumours and news as we get it.
By Gerald Lynch | October 2nd, 2012