New York: Apple Inc has invited reporters for San Jose event, saying that “We’ve got a little more to show you.”
However the company doesn’t hint at what will be revealed but it’s expected that the US technology giant will announce the release of its “iPad Mini”. The event will be held in San Jose, California on October 23.
A report says the tablet is thought to be about half the size of the regular iPad and to start at $249 or $299. The regular iPad starts at $499 for the most recent models.
Apple founder Steve Jobs derided the idea of a smaller tablet two years ago, but Amazon.com Inc. has had some success with its Kindle Fire, which is about half the size of the iPad and starts at $159. Analysts believe Apple wants to tackle that competition with its own similarly sized tablet.
Reports suggest that the smaller iPad would have a screen that’s 7.8 inches (19.8 centimeters) on the diagonal, a bit more than the Kindle Fire or Google Inc.’s Nexus, with their 7-inch screens. The full-size iPad has a 9.7-inch (24.6-centimeter) screen, giving it about twice the display area as the 7-inch (17.7-centimeter) units.