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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99 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.

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99 months ago
Hope they talk about iTunes update again. I'm looking forward to that the most! :)
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99 months ago
sweeet

but then again i have zero interest in a ipad mini
but a imac hellll yes!!!!! :D:D:D
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99 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:
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99 months ago
There are millions of iPad Mini's boxed up in warehouses right now all waiting for new homes. :eek:
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99 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/
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