Apple iPad mini might eclipse Surface announcement: unveiling likely staged for October 23?

Apple iPad mini might eclipse Surface announcement: unveiling likely staged for October 23?
The Apple iPad mini was supposed to be released on October 17th, but an expected press invitation never arrived on October 10th as everyone expected. Subsequently, we’ve heard that Apple might be experiencing issues with manufacturing, or to have delayed the device.

That’s not the case. It has now been revealed that the iPad mini will actually be unveiled on October 23rd at an invitation-only event, days before Microsoft announces its Surface tablet.

That is some smart thinking and good timing from Apple, and it’s quite possible that the unveiling will keep the press busy enough to overshadow Microsoft’s big tablet moment.

The iPad mini is said to be a 7.85-inch tablet featuring Apple’s new Lightning connector and likely a very thin chassis. We’ve already seen countless pictures of mockups, so you have a good idea of what it’s likely to look like.

Chances are the iPad mini will be shown at a smaller event at Apple’s Town Hall auditorium. Apple is said to have ordered 10 million iPad minis for this Holiday quarter.

source: AllThingsD

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20 Comments

1. kirholstov

Posts: 146; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Maybe we will see new iMacs on 17th

2. sheik

Posts: 249; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

iPad mini? No thanks....

17. JC557

Posts: 1918; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

MS Surface will be more useful than iPads.

3. darthinvader

Posts: 63; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

Come on Surface!!! iPad Mini = Pass...

4. MarqBland

Posts: 15; Member since: Sep 28, 2012

This sort of thing is the reason why Samsung's US launch of the Note 2 on Oct 24th is stupid. If Apple event truly happens, Samsung won't be able to capitalize on the media talking about it.

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It would b interesting to see which of those devices sells the most. The iPad is entering the growing in popularity 7 inch tablet sector, and has the iPad name brand to help it along. The note 2 is building on the successful launch of the OG note, and is n it's own catagorey with no real competition. I honestly think both will sell really well, with it being holiday shopping time.

8. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

True, but part of the popularity of the 7" market isn't just size, it's also price, which, as we all know, apple doesn't sell its devices at a realistic amount, taking on several percentage points just for the logo, even more if it glows. Moreover, if it only has the guts from the ipad2 as is rumored, and people realize that, there will be less incentive for them to get a mini when they can get a 2 for similar cost. Not only that, folks seem to be beginning to realize the limitations of mobile-based tablets, and I am seeing a growing trend of folks wanting tablets running a full computer OS, which is where Surface and its Windows8 brethren will more than likely be highly successful.

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Good post

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

And a thumbs up, I can't wait to see how it looks and performs though, jus cuz it'll b something different.

20. MarqBland

Posts: 15; Member since: Sep 28, 2012

Yep, I agree... I think they both would sell well. I originally was talking about Samsung re-launching a phone that's already out in the world. They could have just launched it instead of trying to do this hype-building event. If Apple event takes place on the 23rd, Samsung's efforts will pretty much be a huge waste of money.

6. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Giant iPhone

7. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

Giant ipod touch

11. deuel_18

Posts: 54; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

Fail apple...300 to 350 for a piece of their product is too expensive compared than other better branded tablets

12. suneeboy

Posts: 201; Member since: Oct 02, 2012

It will be a 7 inch iPod Touch.

13. kartik4u98

Posts: 511; Member since: May 19, 2012

The renders looKS very good!!

14. yoyo93

Posts: 34; Member since: Sep 23, 2012

If apple price it right they'll dominate the holiday season.

15. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

Something tells me it wont overshadow anything.

18. jimjam unregistered

its too small to do that!

16. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

it will only be eclipsed if the press focused on iPad mini alone. tss. it's like flooding their page with apple related articles even if it's not that good read.

19. blattlaus

Posts: 75; Member since: Dec 12, 2010

Not if its $350. Especially if the base Surface RT is $399.

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