During a 2010 earnings call, Steve Jobs predicted that 7-inch tablets were going to be “dead on arrival.” Jump to 2012, and small slates like the Kindle Fire and the Nexus 7 have held their own against Apple’s watershed device. As it turns out, at the right price, there is a place in the market for tablets smaller than 10 inches.
Several months ago, the Wall Street Journal reported that Apple was showing select suppliers designs for a device with a 7 to 8-inch display. Since then, iPad Mini rumors have flooded the web, with many speculating on everything from the exact size to the availability date and cost. We’ve rounded up the rumors, and here is the story so far.
Reports are running rampant that Apple will send out invitations on Oct. 16 for an iPad Mini unveiling event on Oct. 23. If the launch event occurs on that date, iPad Minis could start hitting store shelves as soon as two weeks later.