The last few months have given rise to rumours about Apple’s interest in launching a mini iPad, a smaller form factor iPad that could compete with the growing number of Android tablets that offer smaller screens at a cheaper price. We’ve heard some speculation as to just what features would be available in the Apple device, but in terms of a launch date, things have been pretty much up in the air.
Over the weekend however, we have some concrete rumours that seem to suggest that the iPad mini announcement is in October. This will be one month after the September announcement of the iPhone 5, but the timing of these events will ensure that both Apple devices will be available before the start of the busy Christmas season. Essentially, Apple’s game plan is to separate the launch of these two devices into two distinct events rather then just a single one which has been suggested by pundits before. The mini iPad is also said to be confirmed as having a 7-inch display screen.
This news comes by way of All Things Digital and if you are wondering about the accuracy of these rumours, it is worth noting that ATD did earlier peg the iPad 3 debut correctly to March of this year. As for why Apple is holding two separate events for these products boils down to the fact that the Cupertino company wants to ensure that customers do not get into a situation where they have to buy either one or the other device. By staggering the launch, Apple hopes that customers will buy the iPhone 5, save some money up and then buy the iPad mini.