iPad Mini announcement next week?

Apple sends out press invitations to special event October 23 where rumored smaller iPad model may be unveiled; "We've got a little more to show you," the invitation teases.

Apple may be just one week away from finally announcing its long-rumored iPad Mini. Invitations to a special press event were sent to media recently, including GameSpot sister site CNET, with a tagline of "We've got a little more to show you."

The Apple invitation confirms a report from last week, which indicated press invitations would be mailed in October with an event to follow later in the month.

Nothing official is known about the iPad Mini, but competition in the tablet market has ramped up of late. Last month, Amazon announced revisions to its Kindle Fire line; Google has its quad-core Nexus 7; and the Nook HD from United States bookstore Barnes & Noble ships next month.

The third iteration of the iPad was released in March, and sported a 9.5-inch screen. An earlier report suggests that the iPad mini will boast a 7.85-inch screen.

Written By

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

Discussion

90 comments
GH05T-666
GH05T-666

Cant u just buy an ipod touch if u wanted a smaller ipad? 

So sick of Apples quest for world domination!

farcorners
farcorners

how about announcing removable batteries?

Danny_KickAzz
Danny_KickAzz

Not sure what I hate more Apple or The media having an "Orgasm" every time apple announces something... either way Surface TabHERE I COME W00T!1

Diablo-B
Diablo-B

I see no reason for people to be mad at Apple for releasing a new product. If people like it and buy it thats their decision.  No point in bashing a company for making money, thats their job, whether the product/service is useless or not.

carlisledavid79
carlisledavid79

So make the iPod touch larger rename it the pad. Shrink it right back down and call it something else and make a stupid amount of money in the process.

 

Im in the wrong business

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

I wish I could make stupid amounts of things people don't need or already have and still have people buy them for a ridiculous price.

toffy666
toffy666

i can't wait to get me one

toddx77
toddx77

All the ipad mini is going to be is a samsung galaxy note minus the phone part just watch.  And when the galaxy note came out everyone said "thats too big to be a phone, too small for a tablet, it can't fit in your pocket, it will feel uncomfortable in your pocket, you will look stupid talking on it, blah blah blah" all the apple  sheep will be like "ZOMG ITS SIZE IS SO REVOLUTIONARY I NEED TO BUY ONE SO I CAN HAVE A SMALLER TABLET FOR ON THE GO WHEN MY IPHONE IS TOO SMALL!!!!"  And to top it off next month most of these same people will be on the news talking about how we should all feel bad about buying products on black friday lol.

shivR
shivR

Am I the only one who thinks that the iPad is a great size? I watch videos on it all the time, use it on the treadmill, watch netflix right before I go to sleep. I really wouldn't want something smaller. 

RevSphere
RevSphere

The Ipad Mini, ain't that already out but called the ipod touch

seriously apple theres no point, you got the ipod touch. which the ipad mini would be slightly bigger than the ipod touch

but most likey all the apple fanboys will buy this.

Fursnake
Fursnake

Eventually Apple will shrink the iPhone down so it can fit in your fingertip. Then Apple will buy the rights to E.T. and change his famous phrase to "iPhone home".

jinyuken
jinyuken

Hate how this is news on GameSpot. Most of this site's visitors are too smart to fall for Apple's cash grabs.

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

every few months, less than 6. Apple has a stupid new product to sell that does exactly the same thing but is just a little bigger or smaller.

im fed up with there cr*p! get some new ideas! wait longer and make more of a change. i think they could wait 1 year or longer so u can actually notice an upgrade. they change the stupidest things and call it all new! They have become so money hungry the need to disappear again now. Ive had enough of Apple!

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

God damn it Apple!

How many cr*ppy gadgets do u need that all do the same thing?

Anyone who has an iPhone has all u make, ipod, ipad and a phone. whats the point making all thiese variations on everything?

Cant u just buy an ipod touch if u wanted a smaller ipad?

I hope u fail and everyone switches to Microsoft again on u! or samsung!

U have gone to far this time Apple! No one buy there new products.

jtmellon
jtmellon

So what, it will still cost a bunch of money.

Haasdude
Haasdude

Finally Goldilocks will have a screen that's juuuuust right!

HIT3kNology
HIT3kNology

This can't be right, I bought this device two years ago, it's called an Itouch 4

carlisledavid79
carlisledavid79

Announcement next week? The iPhone 5 was only just released.

quebec946
quebec946

turn the logo upside down and you will know the truth about apple products.

SolidTy
SolidTy

Not really relevant news. iPad Mini is news, but other android devices recently announced aren't news?

 

I guess GS is desperate for more hits from the web, or they have some appleboys reporting for them.

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

I liked it when devices needed a unique design to appeal.

Sydrum
Sydrum

i was expecting the iboard. or the imat. shame they are going for the smaller size.

WheelerJared
WheelerJared

Makes sense. I mean more and more 7 inch tablets are coming into the market and if apple wants to compete with them.. well, they have compete.

thechuck11
thechuck11

Well.... there goes any other tablet EVAR

 

With the new ipods, iPhones, iPads, and now this ipad mini... apple had completely cornered the entire touchscreen handheld market. Not that i dont like apple, just amazed by how successful they are.

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

Guessing it will be a 5 inch or 6 inch "phablet", in which case Samsung should be able to sue them for copying the Galaxy Note.

VirtualTofu
VirtualTofu

Then they'll release the iPod Touch Xl whch will be one inch smaller than an iPad Mini.  Then, an iPad Mini Xl which will be one inch smaller than an iPad, followed by the iPad Max which will essentially be the size of a television.

Dr_Corndog
Dr_Corndog

Well, why not? They got everyone to buy into the iPad, which is basically an oversized iPod Touch. Shrink the iPad down a bit, give it a new name, and the hoards will buy it all over again.

Big_Pecks
Big_Pecks

I like how there's really no reason for this redesign. Apple KNOWS people will fall for this.

hansolo1138
hansolo1138

iPad Mini? What does this make the iPod touch then? The iPad Nano?

Killer6b9
Killer6b9

We will see how long Apple stays ahead now that Mr. Jobs in no longer with us.....I have a funny feeling they will start losing in the market within the next 5 years way more then anyone even thinks, he was the backbone to this company and he MADE things happen....RIP Mr. Jobs you will be missed....

Land-0-Funk
Land-0-Funk

Hey haterz..Gamespot reports on this because..The iPad plays games! I know..It's true!!

killerlavaman
killerlavaman

you've got to be kidding! just the thought is WTF!

Landsharkk
Landsharkk

Next they'll release the iPad Micro and the iPad TeenyTiny.  Eventually they'll come full circle and release the iPad Gigantor and the iPad SkyScaper.  Each one will cost about the same, and occasionally will require you to buy all new charging and data cables as Apple changes the connector type. 

 

Pretty sure Apple fans will have a dozen devices,  multiple sizes and will use them like fashion accessories.  Are those belts hanging in your closet?  Nope, that's the assortment of Apple charging cables, different types of cables depending on the iDevice you'll use today.  

 

"Nice Belt!"

"Thanks, I just had the iBelt attachment installed at the Apple store yesterday. But I had to buy the pants separately, because the iBelt only works with the iPants."

 

 

Landsharkk
Landsharkk

Seriously Eddie, just STOP with the tech articles.  You are bringing absolutely NOTHING of value to Gamespot's website by writing a half-assed tech article that says absolutely nothing about gaming.

 

At the very least talk about games on the iPad min or SOMETHING that has to do with games.

 

If we wanted tech articles we'd all be looking elsewhere, on actual tech news sites.  

grove12345
grove12345

correct me if im wrong but isnt the windows 8 tablets coming out this month basically a touch screen friendly fully operating windows OS.

 

If it is.,... that would be freaking amazing. Rather get a fully operational windows OS than the limited Mac/Android.

ghstbstr
ghstbstr

I have wanted an iPad since they were released, but it was too big so I instead got a 7in Android tablet just over a year ago. This iPad mini is perfect to replace my 7in Android tablet my aging iPhone 3.

So I can't wait as I will be ordering an iPad mini as soon as they are available.

Haasdude
Haasdude

 @HIT3kNology You have to be a little itouched in the head to fall for this cash grab.

Sydrum
Sydrum

 @Landsharkk i went for iboard and imat but ipad gigantor and ipad skyscraper sound way cooler. cheers.

Landsharkk
Landsharkk

 @grove12345 

MS Surface RT is a tablet type device only (not full OS).  Although it comes pre-installed with office software, you must use the app store to install additional software.

 

MS Surface PRO is a FULL OS on the tablet, you can install any windows based software on there AND you can install apps from the app market.

 

The RT version is coming out this month, while the PRO version comes out in I believe 2 or 3 months (last I heard).

 

And yes, a Full OS on the PRO Tablet is going to be pretty freaking awesome.

Landsharkk
Landsharkk

 @ghstbstr Personally I'll be going with a Windows 8 Phone (Lumia 920), much MUCH cooler device than any iPhone iteration and the screen is pretty decent size (4.5 inch).  Then I'll end up with a MS Surface Pro for a 10+inch tablet that runs a full OS. Combine  those 2 devices with the Xbox 360 and your desktop PC running windows 8 and you have a fully integrated device ecosystem, able to seamlessly transfer information wired, wireless, or using NFC.  No need to buy proprietor cables/connectors, etc either.  

 

 

ghstbstr
ghstbstr

in continuation...

 

I even bought a Kindle Fire HD, but I returned it to get an iPad.

If by some reason the iPad mini is not announced or priced more then $300 or it will use the same iOS version as the iPhone instead of the iPad then I will get either an iPad 2 or a New iPad.

Sydrum
Sydrum

 @Dr_Corndog  @Land-0-Funk there are some pretty decent stuff on the appstore. you have the chinatown wars at the very least and machinarium and all sorts of tablet remakes of pc indie games. of course you have the gameloft crap as well as an enormous amount of f2p BS, but what can you do eh?

solipskier, flick kick football, osmos, world of goo......

all we need is a really good tower defense.