iPad Mini in Hand (Mockup)

Well, Oct. 10 came and went without any invites to an iPad mini press event, but now another report suggests that Apple is going to unveil its smaller iPad during a press event in San Francisco on Oct. 23. AllThingsD, which is usually accurate with dates related to Apple events, said it has learned from close sources that Oct. 23 is indeed the special day. As the site notes, it is a bit strange for Apple to move away from a Wednesday event and instead hold one on a Tuesday.

Apple may be choosing its dates strategically. Microsoft's brand new Windows 8 operating system makes its debut on Oct. 26 and Windows Phone 8 will be unveiled in its final form on Oct. 29. Apple certainly wants to steal the show.

[via AllThingsD]