We know for a fact that Apple will be holding a press event next Tuesday, October 23rd. The company just sent out their official invitations, which features the top of the famous apple logo set on a multi-colored background. "We've got a little more to show you," it says.
Of course, it's widely understood that the "little" more refers to the iPad Mini, Apple's 7.85-inch version of their popular iPad tablet. According to other rumors, we may see a new 13 inch MacBook Pro with a Retina display, as well as a new Mac Mini (which would go nicely with the "little" theme). If the iPad Mini is in fact a part of the October 23rd event, it will probably go down as one of the most unsurprising Apple product launches ever as purported leaked images of the device have been floating around for quite some time.
Now, a rumor serves as the final piece in the iPad Mini puzzle. According to Geeky Gadgets, the smaller iPad will hit the shelves on Friday, November 2nd following the October 23rd launch. They quote sources that correctly identified the iPhone 5 release date last month. According to these sources the pre-order date will be next week, possibly the Friday after the launch.
Yesterday, we heard that the iPad Mini will come in 24 different models - four different storage capacities, three different connectivity options, and two colors. For more on the iPad Mini, check out our previous coverage.