As first reported by The Loop’s Jim Dalrymple, Apple just sent out invitations to the press for a media event taking place on October 23 in San Jose. The invitations show an Apple logo with the tag line "We've got a little more to show you".
Unlike other recent events that have been held at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, Apple will hold this event at the California Theatre in San Jose .
According to recent speculation, Apple will unveil a new, smaller 7.85-inch iPad at the event dubbed "iPad Mini". The device has been long rumored to be a smaller version of the last-gen iPad 2, carrying the same 1024x768 non-Retina display in a thinner and lighter body with a smaller display. The core feature of the iPad Mini should be portability, as well as a reduced price for consumers.
Curiously enough, the invitation is somewhat reminiscent of the one sent for the original iPad event in January 2010.
Based on more recent rumors, next week may also see the introduction of refreshed iMac, MacBook Pro, and Mac mini lines. Specifically, Apple is rumored to be planning a 13-inch version of the MacBook Pro with Retina display, a thinner iMac, and a new Mac mini model.
To get a sense of what a 7.85" (as opposed to 9.7") iPad Mini would be like, check out our mockups from July.