If the rumors are to be believed – and frankly, they are – Apple (News - Alert) should be officially acknowledging the iPad Mini in only a handful of hours for the first time. But let's be honest: as hard as Apple tries to keep its products a secret up until the official announcements, it just doesn't have much luck in that department.
So, even though the company hasn't said a word up until now about it, the iPad Mini should be arriving today in typical Apple style. Also, the Apple Store is currently down – a sure fire sign that there will at least be a new product of some kind being unveiled today.
In other words, it’s business as usual as far as Apple product launches go.
Except, as some have pointed out, this announcement will be broadcast live over the Internet – something not seen from the company since 2010. Indeed, the live streaming of an Apple event is a rare occurrence, as former CEO Steve Jobs (News - Alert) tended to prefer the exclusive invitation-only press event.
That said, today's live stream is apparently exclusive to Apple TV, the company's set-top box which can stream video content from the Internet and iTunes. Some hold out hope that the stream will also be available on the company's website, though.
As for the iPad Mini, it is expected to be basically a smaller version of the wildly popular iPad, sporting a seven-inch screen rather than one of 10 inches. What's interesting about this is that Steve Jobs wrote off the seven-inch tablet form factor outright in April 2010, following the overwhelming success of the first iPad and lackluster sales for devices like the original seven-inch Samsung (News - Alert) Galaxy Tab.
It's hard to imagine the iPad Mini, or anything Apple touches, being anything but a success, though, so it's likely Jobs would approve.
The iPad Mini press event is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. EST, or 10 a.m. PST.
Edited by Braden Becker