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iPad mini: Australian launch guide
- — 17 October, 2012 10:37
Apple's invitation sent to tech media for the October 23 event.
Apple has announced an event on October 23 where it is expected to reveal the hotly-anticipated iPad mini. What can we expect?
The company sent invitations to the media overnight for an event at the California Theatre in San Jose. This is the first time in seven years that Apple has used this venue for a product launch.
Like always, Apple has been light on details. The invitation sent to the media is simply titled "We've got a little more to show you". Most observers suggest the word "little" points to an event that will unveil the much-rumoured iPad mini.
The Apple event is scheduled for Tuesday October 23 and will kick off at 10am Pacific Standard Time (PST). For us Aussies, that translates to a starting time of 4am on Wednesday October 24.
iPad mini rumours
Despite being a completely new product, the iPad mini rumour mill has gone into overdrive in the past few months. Some of the widely expected features are:
• A smaller 7.65in screen compared to the larger 9.7in display on the regular iPad.
• A display with a 16:9 aspect ratio and a resolution of 1136 x 640.
• The smaller 8-pin 'Lightning' connector, the same port used on the recently released iPhone 5.
• 512MB of RAM.
• The same A5 processor used in the iPad 2.
• A starting price of somewhere between $US250 to $US350.
• Both Wi-Fi and 3G versions, but no LTE 4G connectivity expected.
When is the iPad mini likely to be available in Australia?
You can expect the iPad mini to be available in Australia as soon as its available in the US. Using this year's new iPad as a guide, Apple announced the iPad on Thursday 8 March and released the tablet in Australian stores on Friday 16 March. Apple traditionally likes Friday for product launches, so Friday 2 November or Friday 9 November are good bets.
Where will I be able to buy the iPad mini from?
If it comes with 3G capabilties, the iPad mini is likely to be available from all three major telcos in Australia — Telstra, Optus and Vodafone.