iPad Mini Release Date Confirmed By Reuters


15.10.2012

iPad Mini Release Date Confirmed By Reuters

It seems that Apple has indeed scheduled an event for late October, after all, informs Reuters, quoting sources close to the matter. Even though the event could be focused on iBooks and an update of this service and the app associated to it, sources close to Apple are confirming that the highly-anticipated iPad Mini tablet will be unveiled at this event.

It’s interesting how Apple have scheduled the iPad Mini launch event close to an important Microsoft conference, where Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 will officially debut. Over the last six months, the experts and analysts constantly forecasted that we will see an iPad Mini “soon,” a tablet that packs a 7.85-inch display and priced slightly above the competition.

Returning to what we already know, the conference on October 23rd will also bring the debut of iBooks 3, which will provide improved support for notes, multimode support for audio and synchronization for textbooks.

The texbook editing feature will also be updated, with support for the iPhone 5′s display and a new format to go with the new iPad Mini.

I remind you that Microsoft will host an event o Ocober 26th, where Windows 8 and the Surface Tablets will debut, and one on October 29th, for the debut of the Windows Phone 8 smartphones.

Last year, Amazon launched the Kindle Fire, a 7-inch tablet priced $199 that quickly became the best-selling Android tablet and, in the same time, it bit a big chunk of Apple’s tablet market share. Google quickly found out that in order to succeed on the tablet market you need a cheap 7-inch slate, thus the search engine giant launched Nexus co-developed with ASUS. Nexus 7 brings a 7-inch HD display, quad-core CPU and 1 GB of RAM for only $199.

Apple probably considers that it’s time to join the 7-inch tablet market as well, and it was reported that the Cupertino-based company is working on a 7.85-inch tablet that borrows iPad 2′s hardware specs and has a price around $300. Will the iPad Mini be capable of smashing its rivals and increase Apple’s dropping tablet market share?

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