APPLE has sent out invites for a special event next week at which the company is expected to launch a smaller version of its iPad.
The invite, which is headlined 'We've got a little more to show you', was sent out to journalists late yesterday, announcing an Apple event on October 23 at the California Theater in San Jose, close to San Francisco.
Apple is widely expected to unveil a new, smaller iPad at next week's event. The new device is expected to have a 7.85-inch screen, compared with the existing iPad's 10-inch display.
A smaller iPad would allow Apple to take on rivals Google and Amazon. Google's 7-inch Android tablet, the Nexus 7, was launched in July, while Amazon is about to launch a new version of its Kindle Fire tablet.
Leaks from retailers suggest that the entry-level iPad Mini will be priced between €250 and €300, making it slightly more expensive than the competition.
While leaked pictures of components have appeared online purporting to show the new device, it's name is still unknown. It is most commonly referred to as the iPad Mini but other observers have suggested iPad Nano and iPad Air as potential names.
Reports also suggest that Apple will upgrade the existing iPad to include the same Lightning charging socket as the iPhone 5, which was announced last month. Altogether, 9to5Mac suggested, Apple will announce 24 different iPad models next week, once the various colours, memory capacities and connectivity options are taken into account.
Other reports this week have said that Apple is planning to release a version of its 13-inch MacBook Pro that will have a high resolution Retina display. The only laptop with a Retina display at the moment has been a 15-inch MacBook Pro.
Shane Richmond Telegraph.co.uk