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iPad Mini launch confirmed for October, says report


August 26, 2012

A mockup of how a 7-inch iPad might stack up

A mockup of how a 7-inch iPad might stack up

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We've been hearing a lot about a rumored 7-inch iPad this year, but the chatter has become particularly strong in recent weeks. This weekend, All Things D reported that it has "confirmed" an October release for the so-called "iPad Mini" with "several sources." The smaller iPad would be announced under a separate media event to follow one in September where a new iPhone will debut, according to the report.

Steve Jobs famously once blasted the notion of tablet smaller than the 10-inch iPad, but with Tim Cook at the helm of Apple for over a year now and competition heating up from the likes of Amazon's 7-inch Kindle Fire and Google's Nexus 7, it seems the company has reconsidered the potential for a smaller slate.

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All Things D reports that Apple will wait until a new iPhone has hit store shelves before unveiling the mini iPad.

Leaks from Apple's Asian supply chain have hinted that the company was looking into a smaller iPad for some time now, but such rumors aren't always reliable. All Things D, on the other hand, has a solid track record reporting on Apple's plans before the company makes public announcements, so this would seem to be the strongest indication yet that a smaller iPad will soon be a real option for consumers.

Apple has not returned requests for comment.

Source: All Things D

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Eric Mack Eric Mack has been covering technology and the world since the late 1990s. As well as being a Gizmag regular, he currently contributes to CNET, NPR and other outlets. All articles by Eric Mack
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Its got to be good, especially as the google Nexus 7 has already arrived!

Harpal Sahota
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