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Apple to show off iPad Mini at Oct. 23 event, report says

The company’s smaller tablet will reportedly come with a 7.85-inch screen, a Lightning connector, and thinner design than its predecessor.

Apple’s long-rumored iPad Mini will be outed in less than two weeks, a new report claims.

Apple plans to hold a special press event on October 23 to unveil its iPad Mini, All Things Digital is reporting today, citing sources. The news outlet didn’t say when the iPad Mini might actually hit store shelves.

Rumors have been swirling for months that Apple is planning to launch a smaller iPad. More recently, reports had claimed that Apple had hoped to get it out sooner than now, but production issues have caused it to push the launch back.

The claims by All Things Digital’s sources mesh with what earlier reports on the iPad Mini’s features have been saying, including that the tablet will ship with a 7.85-inch screen and come with Apple’s new Lightning connector. Further details, however, remain unknown.

If and when the iPad Mini finally hits store shelves, it’ll be going head-to-head with Google’s Nexus 7 and Amazon’s Kindle Fire. Both of those devices come with smaller displays and are notably cheaper than more powerful devices, like Apple’s new iPad. Given that, it’s believed that the iPad Mini will be substantially cheaper than the new iPad, though it’s not known by how much.

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