What to expect at the iPad mini event on October 23

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Apple officially confirmed a media event for Tuesday, October 23 by sending out invitations that read “We’ve got a little more to show you.” The “little more” Apple is referring to is most likely the highly expected iPad mini.

Unsurprisingly , Apple hasn’t released any other information about the event (nor would we expect them to). Judging from the leaked photos of parts and cases and the numerous rumors about the device, the iPad mini is almost as certain as the event itself.

The iPad mini is expected to start shipping on November 2nd, which should make it one of the hottest selling items of the Christmas season. The price for the iPad mini is expected to start at $249-$299. The lower price and smaller screen size will put the new tablet in direct competition with Amazon’s Kindle Fire and Google’s Nexus 7.

Apple may also unveil an improved version of iBooks at the event. This rumor makes sense because many people that opt for a smaller iPad will use it as a e-reader tablet and improving iBooks will help the iPad mini compete more with Kindle devices.

Once the iPad mini is released Apple will most likely take the iPad 2 out of the iPad lineup. Currently, Apple still sells the iPad 2 at $399. Removing the iPad 2 will streamline the iPad lineup.

It’s also possible that the new iPad 3 will get a few modest improvements such as, a new lightning connector or an improved battery, display, processor, etc.

Another likely rumor is Apple will use the event to revise the iMac and Mac mini lineup. It’s been over 16 months since the iMac and Mac mini were last updated. The event provides perfect timing to refresh the lineup ahead of the holiday season.

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