Apple sends out invites to Oct. 23 event
BY PETER SVENSSON October 16, 2012 11:42AM
FILE - In this March 7, 2012 file photo, an Associated Press reporter holds up the new iPad during an event in San Francisco. Rumors of a smaller iPad, or iPad mini have percolated ever since the first iPad was launched two years ago. This time around, theyre fed by media reports from South Korea, China and Taiwan, saying Apple has ordered Samsung screens that are 7.86 inches measured on the diagonal. That would make for a screen about half the size of the current iPad, which has a diagonal measurement of 9.7 inches. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
Updated: November 18, 2012 6:47AM
Apple Inc. has sent out invites for an event next Tuesday, where it’s expected to announce the release of a smaller iPad.
The invite, sent to reporters Tuesday, doesn’t hint at what will be revealed, beyond saying that “We’ve got a little more to show you.” The event will be held in San Jose, Calif.
Media and analysts have said for months that Apple has an “iPad mini” in the works. The tablet is thought to be about half the size of the regular iPad and to start at $249 or $299. The regular iPad starts at $499 for the most recent models.
Apple founder Steve Jobs derided the idea of a smaller tablet two years ago, but Amazon.com Inc. has had some success with its Kindle Fire, which is about half the size of the iPad and starts at $159. Analysts believe Apple wants to tackle that competition with its own similarly sized tablet. AP