Apple has all but confirmed the existence of the iPad Mini, with an event announced to take place Oct. 23 in Silicon Valley.
The current rumors pin the tablet to be between seven and eight inches in screen size, with the resolution expected to fall short of the “retina display” caliber found in the current 10-inch iPad.
Observers in the tech community also predict that the price will fall in the $300 range to compete with the bestselling seven-inch tablets from Amazon and Google.
Incidentally, the invites for the event were sent out the same day that pre-orders opened for the Microsoft Surface tablet, which is expected to compete with the regular iPad.
The same event is also expected to have announcements for the 13-inch MacBook Pro with “retina display” as well as an upgraded Mac Mini, a computer designed for thrifty users who already have their own keyboard and display.