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Apple Reported to Unveil iPad Mini Later this Month

By    |   Friday, 12 Oct 2012 11:23 AM

The guessing game of when Apple will unveil its much-anticipated new product, the so-called “iPad mini,” heated up Friday, with technology publisher AllThingsD reporting that the date is Oct. 23.

Apple, the world’s most highly valued company with a market cap of $588 billion, has the capability to move markets with any new product announcement.

AllThingsD, which is a Dow Jones company, said that people familiar with the plans confirmed the date and said the occasion would be marked with an invitation-only event at a location yet to be disclosed.

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“That’s a Tuesday, not a Wednesday, so this is a bit of a break with recent tradition,” AllThingsD reported. “It also happens to be just three days prior to the street date for Microsoft’s new Surface tablet.”

AllThingsD cited unnamed sources as saying the iPad mini will feature a 7.85-inch liquid-crystal display and a Lightning connector, and it will also probably be thinner than the full size iPad.

Meanwhile, The Wall Street Journal reported that Alibaba.com, China’s biggest business-to-business e-commerce site, has begun offering iPad mini component cases in different materials and colors.

The Journal said some component suppliers to Apple in Asia claimed they had received orders to make more than 10 million units of the smaller tablets in the fourth quarter.

“iPad mini will be a big hit if Apple prices it below $300,” predicted RBS analyst Wanli Wang.

Earlier this month, The Journal reported that Asian suppliers had begun manufacturing a new tablet with a 7.85-inch screen, compared with the 9.7-inch screen of the full-sized iPad.

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The guessing game of when Apple will unveil its much-anticipated new product, the so-called “iPad mini,” heated up Friday, with technology publisher AllThingsD reporting that the date is Oct. 23.
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