Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Apple to unveil 7.85-inch iPad mini

Apple is all set to release a new, smaller version of the iPad later this month, a report in Fortune has indicated.

Fortune quotes "a major Apple investor who says he's heard it from multiple sources" that Apple will unveil the smaller iPad with a 7.85-inch screen on October 17. The source also indicated that invitations would be sent out by October 10. The iPad mini (or iPad air) would be expected to on sale on November 2, which would give it plenty of time to capture the holiday sales.

The report is in line with the earlier report, which had indicated an October launch as well. A report in AllThingsD had indicated way back in August:

"Only after the next-generation iPhone is out the door and on sale will Apple announce the smaller iPad it's been working on.".

"That device, which is expected to have a display of less than eight inches (20 centimetres), will be uncrated at a second special event, which sources say is currently scheduled for October."

Apple co-founder, the late Steve Jobs, had famously described 7-inch tablets as "tweeners", neither here, nor there. Since then reports have emerged that despite his public posturing, Jobs may have been more receptive to the idea of a smaller iPad than believed earlier.