Apple iPad Mini to debut October 23

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Apple has sent out official invitations for an event on October 23 in San Jose, California where the company is likely debut a number of new products, including the long-awaited iPad Mini.

     

Although Cupertino has yet to officially acknowledge the existence of an iPad Mini, the tablet is expected to feature a 7.85-inch display, a screen resolution of 1,024-by-768 pixels and a smaller bezel.

    



    Additional specs are thought to include a forward and rear facing cameras, as well as the new smaller Lightning connector found on the iPhone 5 and the latest iPods.

    

The iPad Mini will likely be unveiled alongside a slew of new Apple products, such as a 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, a revamped iMac and perhaps even a next-gen Mac Mini. 

    

The new iPad Mini will undoubtedly boast a lower price point than its larger counterpart, enabling the device to more effectively compete against tablets like Amazon Kindle Fire and B&N’s Nook.

    If successful, Apple could then corner the medium-range tablet market, while simultaneously dominating the higher-end tablet space. Indeed, an  8-gigabyte iteration of the popular tablet could be priced as low as $249.