So we’ve already confirmed the existence of the iPad Mini. No, we don’t have any hard facts, such as a picture to prove it, but we know folks that have seen one in the flesh and running. Take our word with a grain of salt, but you’ll see in due time that we’re not full of malarkey as one Vice President recently said again and again.
That said, AllthingD is now reporting that the iPad Mini will launch as soon as October 23rd. That’s just 3 days before Windows 8 makes its official launch. The date, if correct, seems awfully contentious, but needless to say Apple and Windows are arch enemies, even if Bill and Steve we’re able to bury the hatchet before the Apple founder’s passing. If the rumor is true, we’d expect official invites to trickle out to press sometime next week such that they can book travel and lodging. October 23rd is a Tuesday, so it defies Apple launch history, but with new management at the helm, who knows. Nevertheless, the 23rd is two days before Apple releases its Q4 for fiscal year 2012, so there is that.