4:29 pm October 12, 2012, by Christopher Seward
Apple is expected to unveil its new iPad mini on Oct. 23.
That’s the word from AllThingsD.com, which is reporting that the new tablet will feature a 7.85-inch liquid-crystal display, compared with the existing 9.7-inch iPad display. The smaller version is also expected to be thinner.
The new tablet, which will be unveiled at Apple’s Cupertino, Calif., headquarters, will be introduced days before Microsoft takes the wraps off its new Windows 8 software and Surface tablet on Oct. 26.
The iPad mini will compete with the Kindle Fire from Amazon and Google’s Nexus 7. There is also speculation that the new iPad device will be Wi-Fi-only.
The question is, will the “mini” be a major or mini hit? An August TechBargains.com survey of more than 1,330 people found that just 18 percent of respondents anticipated buying the smaller iPad, compared with 48 percent who had planned to purchase the new iPad before its release.
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