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Apple to launch iPad mini: reports

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SEVERAL reports say Apple is set to reveal a smaller, cheaper version of the iPad at an event Tuesday, Oct. 23.

The reports from Bloomberg News, Reuters, Gizmodo and the AllThingsD blog are based on unnamed sources "familiar with the plans."

Apple Inc. hasn't said anything about a smaller tablet, a concept company founder Steve Jobs derided.

But company watchers have assumed for months an "iPad mini" will appear before the holidays.

The screen is reportedly about half the size of the iPad's. Analysts speculate the starting price of the device could be about $299.

With the device, Apple could close an opening in the tablet market for rivals such as Amazon.com Inc., whose Kindle Fire is half the size of the iPad and starts at $199.

 

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 13, 2012 B6

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