iPad mini launch date set for October 23, rumours claim

Apple has reportedly pushed back the launch date of the iPad mini to 23 October, a week after the previous rumoured date.

The iPad mini is Apple’s next big product launch. So far, we’ve seen specs, pictures and cases for the smaller iPad, but the one detail that has been elusive has been a definite launch date, with the invite to a launch event that was expected on the 10th failing to materialise.

However, according to All Things D, sources “familiar with Apple’s plans” can confirm that the new Apple tablet commonly called the iPad mini will be announced on the 23rd of October. This would just be nipping ahead of the global Windows 8 launch date on October 26th, and more importantly, the slew of Windows 8 tablets that will be officially revealed running the OS.

The iPad mini is Apple’s answer to increasingly popular small Android tablets like the 7-inch Google Nexus 7. It’s rumoured that the iPad mini will have a 7.9-inch screen with a 1,024 x 768 resolution just like the Pad 2.

Other iPad mini specs may also be the same, like its processor and graphics combo. This would give it similar specifications to the iPod Touch 2012, which is, after all, plenty of power to drive its barely-Retina display resolution.

We know that storage-wise, the mini will offer at least 32GB, which gives it an edge over the Nexus 7 – until the 32GB version of that tablet arrives, that is. Reports on leaked iPad mini pics suggest it will all be stuffed into a similar aluminium chassis as the iPhone 5, so let’s hope that the mini will be a little more durable.

It has also been rumoured that Apple has already ordered construction of 10 million iPad minis to meet expected demand… It’s believed that the iPad mini will retail for around £250 when it launches at the end of this month – significantly less than the iPad but a fair amount more than the Amazon Kindle Fire and Google Nexus 7.

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