THIS IS THE INVITATION sent around by Apple this evening that all but confirms the launch of its long-awaited iPad Mini next week.
The technology giant has distributed press invitations to an event in San Jose, California for October 23 – seven days from today – saying it has “a little more to show you”.
The invitations follow months of speculation and rumours that Apple was to bring out a smaller version of its tablet machine.
Gizmodo points out that the rumours surrounding the recent launch of the iPhone 5 were particularly accurate – a trend which, if continued, would probably see the iPad Mini fulfil many of the predictions about its specifications.
Mashable adds that though Apple launches have historically been shrouded in secrecy – with even the name of the iPad kept under wraps until the device was launched – photographs of the iPhone 5 had been leaked online long before its official launch last month.
Both reports suggest that photographs of a smaller iPad with a screen size of about 7.5 inches may turn out to be genuine.
Apple co-founder Steve Jobs had famously ridiculed the idea of introducing a device smaller than a traditional 10-inch iPad, but larger than an iPhone – but such devices have become popular in recent times, with offerings from Amazon and Samsung enjoying particular success.