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Apple's iPad Mini set for launch next week

The tech giant has sent around invites for a product launch next Tuesday, saying it has “a little more to show you”.

THIS IS THE INVITATION sent around by Apple this evening that all but confirms the launch of its long-awaited iPad Mini next week.

The technology giant has distributed press invitations to an event in San Jose, California for October 23 – seven days from today – saying it has “a little more to show you”.

The invitations follow months of speculation and rumours that Apple was to bring out a smaller version of its tablet machine.

Gizmodo points out that the rumours surrounding the recent launch of the iPhone 5 were particularly accurate – a trend which, if continued, would probably see the iPad Mini fulfil many of the predictions about its specifications.

Mashable adds that though Apple launches have historically been shrouded in secrecy – with even the name of the iPad kept under wraps until the device was launched – photographs of the iPhone 5 had been leaked online long before its official launch last month.

Both reports suggest that photographs of a smaller iPad with a screen size of about 7.5 inches may turn out to be genuine.

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs had famously ridiculed the idea of introducing a device smaller than a traditional 10-inch iPad, but larger than an iPhone – but such devices have become popular in recent times, with offerings from Amazon and Samsung enjoying particular success.

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