Let the Apple anticipation begin— the company announced today that they’ll be holding a press event on October 23rd to announce the iPad mini. The new iPad is expected to come in at a size and price that puts the tablet in direct competition with the likes of the Amazon Kindle Fire and the Nexus 7. Oh, and Microsoft will be launching the ever living motherfucker out of Windows 8 and Windows 8 tablets just a few days later, so that probably has something to do with the timing.
What else has the rumor mill predicted for next week? Here’s the rundown: A 7.85-inch, not-quite-retina display powered by an A5 processor and 512MB of RAM, priced starting anywhere from $250 to $350, available in a week or two. It will probably come in both Wi-Fi and 3G versions, and will look like, well, a smaller iPad. We could also see a new 13-inch retina MacBook pro and Mac mini.