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Apple iPad Mini slated for October unveiling: report

The iPad Mini will make its debut later this month, according to one reporter. But what will Apple's new tablet look like? 

By Matthew Shaer / October 12, 2012

The Amazon streaming video app for Apple's iPad is seen in Los Angeles in this August 1, 2012 photo. Apple is reportedly close to unveiling a slimmed-down tablet called the iPad Mini.

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The launch of the Apple iPad Mini may be less than two weeks away. 

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According to John Paczkowski of All Things D, on Oct. 23, Apple will unveil its new pint-sized tablet at an "intimate affair held close to home" – a decided contrast from the full-on bash that marked the launch of the iPhone 5

Apple has kept the specs on its new tablet under wraps, but the general consensus says the Mini will ship with a 7.85-inch display (measured diagonally, corner to corner), smaller than the 9.7-inch display on the new iPad, and more or less the same size as the Amazon Kindle Fire.

A "retina display" seems unlikely; the device may, however, get the new Lightning dock connector. 

As the Wall Street Journal has noted, plenty of Chinese manufacturers are already lining up to produce cases for a product described as an "iPad Mini 7.85-inch tablet."

In related news, over at ZD Net, James Kendrick has a suggestion for Apple (which we heartily second): Sure, make an iPad Mini, but also make a keyboard cover for the regular iPad. The forthcoming Microsoft Surface tablets, of course, will include multi-colored keyboard covers – a functionality that has helped Microsoft set its Windows 8-equipped slate apart from the Apple iPad. 

"I am not an accessory designer nor do I play one on the Internet, but I am confident that Apple could pull this off masterfully," Kendrick writes. "I picture a thin smart cover for the iPad with a sliver of a keyboard similar to the Apple wireless keyboard. The cover would completely protect the iPad front and back, and add a wireless keyboard to the package." Here, here. 

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