The chances of Apple releasing a smaller iPad were very slim when Steve Jobs had been alive, which is thanks to his repeated words on a 7-inch model not being needed to fill the gap between iPhone and the 10-inch iPad. It seems that 2012 is a very different year, and this week alone has seen multiple new mini iPad rumors surfacing that confirm what should be the official name and an event planned for October.
Just two days ago we reported that it would be unlikely to see the new iPhone share a stage with other hardware, which has since been given weight from other sources all pointing towards an October event planned for the iPad mini, and this is separate to the new iPhone event expected in September. Within the last 24-hours an article on AllThingsD has touched on the possibility of an October event for the mini iPad, and it’s their opinion that two events is ideal for Apple to keep on top of the “tech news cycle” right before the busy holiday shopping season.
The name will be kept simple — just like Apple did with the “New iPad“, the 3rd generation, it looks like they will keep the name simple for a smaller iPad this year. Today we’re hearing from an Asian source that the official name will simply be “iPad mini” and come in at a size of 7.85-inches. The source also highlights that the October event could feature a new iPod touch 5G and iPad nano, and we’ve heard previously this event could be focused on everything iTunes and Music with a more mobile iPad.
What specs would you like the mini iPad to feature? The price is currently unclear, although expect it to be cheaper and lose a few specs to cut costs. The iPod touch 5G might feature NFC, as with the iPad 3, and this would allow for the media player to become almost the same as the iPhone (just lacking traditional phone calls).