Apple Issues Invitations For iPad Mini Launch Event On October 23, 2012

Apple has today released invitations to to attend a media event on Tuesday, October 23 to be held in the California Theater, in San Jose, California. The invitations (via The Loop) show the Apple logo with a multicolored background and carry the text “We’ve got a little more to show you”.  The event will take place at 10am PST, 1pm EST.

At the event, Apple is expected to launch the highly anticipated iPad mini, with a 7.85 inch screen, together with an updated Mac mini, as well as a 13 inch Retina Display MacBook Pro, a popular request since the launch of the 15 inch Retina MacBook Pro. Some rumors have also circulated suggesting that a new iMac will also be launched next week.

Now that the event has been confirmed, we can start to think about shipping dates for the new iPad mini. It’s likely that, if the device followed a trend that was similar to the iPhone 5, launches would take place in the first week of November, well in advance of the holiday shopping time.

While the event was widely expected to take place at the Apple Town Hall auditorium, or even the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the California Theater is a pretty awesome venue for the iPad mini launch, originally built in 1927 as the Fox Theater. Check out the site for some pics.

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