A mini announcement
Unnamed sources have “confirmed” that the iPad mini, or whatever it’s going to be called, will not debut at the special Apple event being planned for September 12. And really, if you were Apple, would you want to debut the next iPhone alongside a brand new tablet? Probably not - too much competition for shiny things makes them dull (I think it’s called a shiny double negative or something). That’s why AllThingsD says the company will hold a second media event in October to announce the smaller tablet, pretty much ensuring that the taste of Apple will be on the lips of consumers well through the holiday shopping season.
Only after the next-generation iPhone is out the door and on sale will Apple announce the smaller iPad it’s been working on. That device, which is expected to have a display of less than eight inches, will be uncrated at a second special event, which sources said is currently scheduled for October.
ZDNet thinks the mini could be the device that delivers a thermonuclear blow to Google but cautions to take this latest news with at least a few grains of salt.
… nothing concrete is known about the iPad Mini, and everything written about it is being based on guesswork and speculation. Not a single hardware component allegedly belonging to the iPad Mini has been leaked, in stark contrast to the endless leaking of purported iPhone 5 components.