Based on the invitations that have been sent out, it looks like Apple’s going to be making a big announcement next Tuesday, October 23 at 1 p.m. PT. Rumor has it that the iPad Mini will be introduced at the San Jose, CA event, which will not only be smaller than the iPad that’s currently on the market, but will also boast a price tag that’s lower than the $500 for an Apple tablet.
Of course, folks can’t wait until it’s confirmed at the event, so there are already suspicions over leaked photos, dimensions, colors, etc, etc, etc. People will sit on a cold, dirty sidewalk for a week to buy one of these things, but can’t wait a couple of days to find out what it is they plan to spend their money on.
There are also rumors that a new 13-inch MacBook will be introduced and an iTunes upgrade. We’ll have more on the 23rd.
Separately, there’s the launch of the seventh version of the iPod Nano, for those who don’t have an iPhone. Gizmodo has an interesting review, calling the device “great” but saying people don’t care about MP3s anymore because more people have smartphones. That’s probably true for the circles that the Gizmodo folks are rolling in. But we still see stats talking about increased smartphone ownership and the growing use of mobility, which would indicate that there are some people that might be looking for a new Nano.
Ars Tecnica says much of it is the same as the previous iteration and suggests that, instead, for $50, people should just buy the iPod Touch. It’s a little bit bigger (which might be a concern for people looking to work out with it), but it has Wi-fi and a camera.
Ars Tecnica says flat out that there’s “little to excite” about the new Nano. They obviously haven’t seen the commercial.