The iPad Mini is still on course for release this month, reports suggest, after speculation surfaced that Apple has been forced to postpone its launch.
According to sources cited by All Things D, Apple’s budget tablet challenger is set to debut on October 23rd at an invitation-only event. This will be held at Apple’s Town Hall auditorium rather than the more usual Yerba Buena Centre for the Arts.
On the proviso that the date is correct, that means that the showcase is set to happen mere days before Microsoft’s Surface tablet hits retail, in what looks very much like a smart and very calculated move to annexe newspaper column inches at a crucial juncture in the tussle for tablet market supremacy.
Suggestions that the iPad Mini is still due for release this month comes after some tech watchers suggested that Apple had delayed its arrival due to widely reported production problems at the company’s manufacturing partners in China.
The tablet was previously expected to be unveiled on October 17th. However, with days to go and no sign of invitations to a launch event being sent to the press corps, this putative due-date has long since disappeared from the tech press.
Features of the iPad Mini are rumoured to include a 7.85-inch touchscreen (compared with the standard iPad’s 9.8-inch display) and the same Lightning dock connector as the iPhone 5.
If recent leaks can be believed, the entry level model of the iPad Mini will pack 8GB of storage and sell for €249.
All Things D