It is October and the consensus in the Apple rumor mill is that Apple will launch the iPad mini this month.
Apple is expected to unveil the iPad mini somewhen in October. The 7.85-inch iPad has appeared as realistic looking mockups already on videos on the web. We also have seen parts like ahead of the iPhone 5 launch. No surprise there. The iPad mini has the same design as the iPad 3. It is just considerably smaller and of course will be much cheaper. The defining aspect of the iPad mini will be the price. If Apple would offer the iPad mini for $199, it would wipe-out the Android competition. More likely is though a price of $299, which gives the Amazon Kindle Fire HD and the Google Nexus 7 still some breathing room.
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I expect Apple to unveil the iPad mini in the first half of October. Windows 8 will launch on October 26. The 2nd half of October will be pretty full with Windows 8 chatter.