iPad mini Release Date Said to be Slated for November 2nd

There would be long queues outside Apple Stores during the weekend after Halloween if 9to5Mac's sources are correct. While Apple has confirmed an October 23rd media event, it hasn't provided a release date and other details about the iPad mini. But 9to5Mac's Twitter account stated, "We’ve heard whispers of Nov. 2 iPad Mini release date but nothing confirmed. Date makes sense (Friday) and we know stock is ramping." The iPad mini is expected to have a 7.85-inch display, a brushed aluminum backside, a lower resolution than the 9.7-inch iPad 3's highly touted 2048 x 1536 Retina resolution display, and a price tag below the $499 entry-level iPad 3.

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  • Apple's text for the October 23rd event was scarce of details, only saying: “We’ve got a little more to show you."

Other sources

A November 2 release date makes sense as Apple tends to release its devices on Fridays. Apple also typically waits 10 days after a launch to release a device, which would put the release on November 1. - Shawn Ingram , GottaBeMobile  
Based on previous iPad launches, we may be able to preorder the smaller device immediately following the announcement, or not get to preorder at all. - Lori, Pad Gadget  
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iPad Mini Release Date Tipped for November 2  

A November 2 release date makes sense as Apple tends to release its devices on Fridays. Apple also typically waits 10 days after a launch to release a device, which would put the release on November 1.

Other
iPad Mini Expected to Hit Store Shelves on November 2  

The third-generation iPad followed a similar timeline, as did the iPhone 5. However, Apple doesn’t exactly follow a precise guideline when it comes to the iPad.

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