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Apple iPad Mini Launch Event ‘Confirmed’ for October 23 [Update]

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Apple lovers everywhere are breathing a collective sigh of relief after the expected iPad Mini launch event invitations were nowhere to be seen yesterday. According to John Paczkowski over at AllThingsD, Apple will unveil the ‘iPad Mini’ at an invitation-only event on October 23, 2012.

The event was given further credence by the well-connected Jim Dalrymple from The Loop:

 Yep.

While October 23 may be a date that breaks tradition (being a Tuesday and not the traditional Wednesday used by Apple for announcements), there may be compelling reasons for the shift (which may be related to the Microsoft Surface launch later that week or Apple’s earning report for the latest quarter being delivered just two days later).

So while we now have a date there is no word yet on the place, though most expect it will be held at Apple’s Town Hall Auditorium (the place used to deliver important past-products like OS X Lion, a next-generation MacBook Air and the iPhone 4S).

Are you relieved? Are you busy adjusting your holiday wish list? What rumoured feature of the iPad Mini are you most looking forward to (smaller screen size, lightning connector, thinner form-factor)?

Update: Bloomberg also notes their sources say an October 23rd event will take place:

Apple may unveil a smaller version of the iPad at an event on Oct. 23, according to a person familiar with the matter who asked not to be named because the plans aren’t public.

The new model will have a screen that’s 7 inches to 8 inches diagonally, less than the current 9.7-inch version, people familiar with the designs said in July.

Update 2: Reuters is also reporting an Oct. 23rd event will take place:

Apple Inc will host an event on October 23 where it is expected to unveil a smaller iPad that will take on the less expensive devices offered by Amazon.com Inc and Google Inc, a source familiar with the matter said on Friday.

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