The recent iPad Mini rumors were kind of contradicting each other: we heard that Apple reportedly ordered 10 million units from its own suppliers just to later hear that there are some claimed last-minute design changes which might postpone the tablet announcement and its planned availability.
Another rumor will be either confirmed or debunked today: we’re expecting Apple to send out invites today for a purported October 17 event where the smaller iPad is said to be unveiled. And, as far as the tablet itself is concerned, rumors are now talking about the possibility of the iPad Mini to go WiFi-only, pretty much like the Nexus 7 made by Google, probably to reduce production costs and keep the shelf-price as low as possible to compete with in-calss offerings.
Same sources seem to believe that the New iPad will also be upgraded soon with support for the new Lightning connector as well as compatibility with UK’s EE 4G network. We’ve heard rumors of the iPad 4 (or whatever the name will be) but if Apple follows its announcement pattern we won’t see this 9.7-inch tablet until mid-to-end Q1 2013.
Source: The Guardian