Apple has sent out invites for an event next Tuesday, the 23rd of October, where it’s expected to announce the release of a smaller iPad.
The event will be held in San Jose, California.
Media and analysts have said for months that Apple has an ” iPad mini” in the works. The tablet is thought to be about half the size of the regular iPad and to start at $249 or $299. The regular iPad starts at $499 for the most recent models.
Apple founder Steve Jobs derided the idea of a smaller tablet two years ago, but Amazon.com has had some success with its Kindle Fire, which is about half the size of the iPad and starts at $159. Analysts believe Apple wants to tackle that competition with its own similarly sized tablet.
Reports suggest that the smaller iPad would have a screen that’s 7.8 inches on the diagonal, a bit more than the Kindle Fire or Google’s Nexus, with their 7-inch screens. The full-size iPad has a 9.7-inch screen, giving it about twice the display area as the 7-inch units.