iPad Mini Launch Event Coming Oct. 17 [REPORT]

Emily Price
Everything We (Probably) Know About the iPad Mini

Invitations to Apple’s next big event, announcing the highly-rumored iPad Mini, will be sent out on October 10. The event will follow a week later on October 17th, with the launch of the device coming shortly after on November 2nd.

All this according to a report in Fortune, which cites an Apple investor who has heard the dates from “multiple sources.”

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Rumors have been circulating about an iPad Mini for some time, with many of those rumors pointing to an October product announcement.

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Purported leaked photos of the pint-sized tablet show a 7.85-inch device with aluminum-back casing similar to the current iPad, a rear-facing camera, and Apple’s new lightning connector. The front of the tablet is thought to look much like the current iPad, with a black -- or potentially white -- bezel surrounding the screen and a home button at the bottom.

The iPad Mini is also expected to be less expensive than the current iPad, putting it against tablet's such as the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire in the marketplace.

Traditionally secretive about it products, Apple has not acknowledged plans to create a smaller version of the iPad -- nor has it officially indicated plans to have an event of any kind in October.

Will we see a smaller iPad later this month? Give us your prediction in the comments.

This story originally published on Mashable here.