Rumors have revamped and Apple’s much-rumored iPad Mini is now expected to be unveiled in less than two weeks.
Multiple reports across the Web today suggest that Apple will unveil its new, smaller tablet on Tuesday, Oct. 23. If that proves to be true, we can likely expect the iPad Mini to be released to the masses Nov. 2, as previously predicted on Blorge.
The Tuesday date breaks up Apple’s typical fashion of announcing new products on Wednesdays, but that shouldn’t suggest Apple plans a different release date with its new tablet.
The iPad Mini is expected to be significantly thinner and have a smaller, 7.85-inch screen, making it lighter and easier to hold as a reading device. While a price has yet to be determined, the iPad Mini is expected to compete aggressively against Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD and Google’s Nexus 7.
There could be some hurdles in the way, however, if it intends to truly compete. Rumors say the iPad Mini will be WiFi only. Perhaps Apple believes that most people have an iPhone that they can use as a hotspot if they want to use it while on-the-go.
If the Oct. 23 date holds up, preorders would begin likely begin Oct. 26 — coincidentally the release date of Microsoft’s new tablet called Surface.
Apple proved to us that they could release a new product within a week after preorders with their iPhone 5 last month. That was the fastest iPhone turnaround for Apple to date.
As mentioned, it’s unclear if Apple will be able to price its iPad Mini between $200 and $250, but it seems unlikely.
Apple released its new iPod Touch, starting at $299 last month, and its iPod Nano at $150. It seem almost inevitable that Apple will price its iPad Mini at $350.
What do you think about the iPad Mini? Is it going to succeed?