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10/17/2012 12:16 pm ET Updated Oct 17, 2012

iPad Mini Release Date Set For November 2, According To Fresh Rumor

Just one month after Apple unleashed the iPhone 5, the tech giant has scheduled another unveil for next week. The event will likely be the debut of a device unofficially known as the iPad Mini, and rumors are already circulating about a November release date for this pint-sized tablet.

On Tuesday, Apple sent out invitations for an Oct. 23 event. Though the company didn't offer many clues about what's on the docket, the Internet rumor mill is convinced we'll see an iPad Mini -- a smaller, cheaper tablet set to compete with the likes of the Kindle Fire HD, Nook HD, Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire.

The unveiling event is still days away, but speculation has already arisen that the iPad Mini will hit shelves on Nov. 2, a week and a half after the device is revealed.

Geeky Gadget reported on the latest Mini release date news on Wednesday, citing a "reliable" source familiar with "a major U.K. retailer."

"Apple will start selling the new iPad Mini on Friday the 2nd of November, the device will be available in the US And UK on this date, possibly some other countries as well," Geeky Gadgets wrote. "The iPad Mini will go up for pre-order on the same week it is announced, possibly Friday the 26th of October, although our source was not 100 percent sure this would be the exact pre-order date."

Of course, we'll have to wait till the Oct. 23 event to find out if this source was right. In the meantime, we have plenty of supposedly leaked details about the long-rumored iPad Mini to tide us over. The tablet is expected to have a 7.85-inch screen and may be priced starting in the $250 to $300 price range. It will also reportedly have a coated aluminum back, an Apple Lightning dock connector and dual speakers.

Apple at its upcoming event may also reveal new computers, including a fresh 13-inch MacBook Pro laptop with Retina display, a new version of the Mac mini computer and an updated iMac desktop, according to the L.A. Times.

Check out HuffPost Tech for extensive coverage of Apple's Tuesday, Oct. 23 event.

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