Apple Inc.(NASDAQ:AAPL)’s iPad Mini is scheduled to make its debut on November 2, while pre-orders will start from October 26, website geeky-gadgets.com reported, citing sources.
"Our source, who is someone close to a major UK retailer, and has been reliable in the past, has told us that Apple will start selling the new iPad Mini on Friday the 2nd of November, the device will be available in the US And UK on this date, possibly some other countries as well," the report said.
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The site said that the pre-order date was not 100 percent fixed, as the source was not very sure about it.
Apple, it may be recalled, has already sent out invitations for an event on October 23. It has not spelt out the reason for the event but it is widely expected to be for the launch of the iPad Mini along with a new 13 inch Retina MacBook Pro and a new Mac Mini.
The smaller and cheaper iPad, is rumoured to come with a 7.85 inch display screen and a 16:9 aspect ratio while the pricing is expected to be around $249 or $299 for the entry level device which will have 8 GB storage.
Electronista pointed out that the timing of the pre-orders, if correct, will steal the thunder from the launch of Microsoft's Surface tablet, which is its debut device in the segment.
The timing of the pre-orders, of course, may be a mere coincidence as many of the major players in the mobile industry are bringing out new products around the same timeframe in order to get them into stores as the holiday buying season gets underway.
Google, for example, has sent out press invites for an event on October 29, presumably to launch the Nexus 4 smartphone and other hardware items from various manufacturers.