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Rumors and Speculation of November 2 'iPad Mini' Launch Building

Earlier today, Geeky Gadgets reported that it has received word from a retailer in the United Kingdom indicating that the "iPad mini" will be launching on November 2 in at least the United States and UK, with pre-orders reportedly set to begin on October 26. 9to5Mac also issued a Tweet today stating that it has "heard whispers" of a November 2 launch.

As we noted earlier this week, November 2 is the most obvious date for a launch given Apple's past history and the October 23 date for its media event, making it difficult to assess which rumors might be based on actual information and which might simply be speculation based on the most likely scenario.


Apple typically releases its new mobile devices on Fridays, generally making them available roughly a week and a half after their introduction. This pattern was seen with the iPhone 5 last month and with the third-generation iPad earlier this year, among other past releases. Pre-orders, if they are offered, are a bit less consistent, with iPhone 5 pre-orders going live one week before launch while pre-orders for the third-generation iPad began immediately following Apple's media event nine days before launch.

One wrinkle that could derail Apple's usual schedule is the possibility that the iPad mini may be considered a new product line, and these products such as the original iPhone and full-size iPad had longer gaps between introduction and launch. We do believe, however, that the iPad mini is likely to be a rather straightforward expansion of Apple's existing product line, meaning that a November 2 launch is indeed likely.

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26 months ago

I think the combination of the term "little" with the multicolored background tends to infer that the devices will be small and have colored shells.

Does this mean iPad Mini w/ colors? Maybe. Do I just want an iPad with the Lightning connector? More than a iPad Mini. :apple:


The background of the invitation resembles a lot the invitation for the original iPad. There were no colored versions, however.

Rating: 14 Votes
26 months ago
Hope they talk about iTunes update again. I'm looking forward to that the most! :)
Rating: 12 Votes
26 months ago
sweeet

but then again i have zero interest in a ipad mini
but a imac hellll yes!!!!! :D:D:D
Rating: 11 Votes
26 months ago

Eh, I'll hold out for the iPad Nano.


It's already out, and has multiple color choices. ;)

http://www.apple.com/ipod-touch/
Rating: 5 Votes
26 months ago
I am hoping for an early release date if the smaller iPad rumors are true. I am looking to purchase something like that as a combination Birthday / holiday gift for a family member.

It is nice to see that after the passing of Jobs, the fall special events are continuing.
Rating: 5 Votes
26 months ago
There are millions of iPad Mini's boxed up in warehouses right now all waiting for new homes. :eek:
Rating: 5 Votes
26 months ago

ok so its an iPad mini

where do they go after this ??

apple tv is a joke and is basically vaporware

LTE is here to stay, so no reason for iPhone 5s/6 ?

iPad 4 will have LTE and lightning bolt zzZzzZ

retina macbook air ZzZzzzZz

keep running the copying machines guys

attention walmart shoppers there is a spill on aisle three

this is the beginning of the end :(


thats just the way technology works tbh. Smartphones and Tablets are at its prime right now but saturated. theres not much u can change besides hardware specs in the future, just like it happened to the laptops or mp3 players and iPods.

what is there really to add besides "tweaks" to improve the current experience? a holographic display? eye laser implants? :confused:
Rating: 5 Votes
26 months ago
Eh, I'll hold out for the iPad Nano.
Rating: 4 Votes
26 months ago

ok so its an iPad mini

where do they go after this ??

apple tv is a joke and is basically vaporware

LTE is here to stay, so no reason for iPhone 5s/6 ?

iPad 4 will have LTE and lightning bolt zzZzzZ

retina macbook air ZzZzzzZz

keep running the copying machines guys

attention walmart shoppers there is a spill on aisle three

this is the beginning of the end :(


It's ok. Not everyone can afford these products. Don't be angry. You're not alone. :apple:
Rating: 3 Votes
26 months ago

"iPad 3" is just used by idiots who can't realise that iPad 13 in the year 202X is a really dumb idea.

You mean like the idiots who refer to the iPhone 5 as "iPhone 5" and iOS 6 as "iOS 6"?

It's only called new cause it is new. When the iPad (4th Generation) is released that'll be new cause it is new. And so on and so on.

Yes, which is a retarded nomenclature since the previous generation is rendered nameless.
"Which iPad do you have?"
"The iPad."
"Yeah but which one?"
"The iPad. It was called the New iPad up until yesterday but now they have newer New iPad so mine is no longer new."
"So you have the Old New iPad?"
"No, that's what the used to call the one before mine when mine came out. I guess I have the New Old New iPad, then."
"Ahem", says a pompous bystander, "I believe you are referring to what we in the geek community call the '4th G -'"
"Don't say it dude."
"The 4th G -'
"Don't say it. Don't say 'Gen'".
"The 4th Gen"
(Bystander beaten to a bloody pulp and forced to eat his own intestines)
Rating: 3 Votes

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