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Report: iPad mini coming in October

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Could a tiny little tablet be the "it" gift of the 2012 holiday season?

The hottest holiday gift for 2012 won't come from a cabbage patch, and it won't demand you "tickle me." No, this year's popular gift may very well be the new iPad mini, which, according to AllThingsDigital, will be officially announced at an event this October.

According to AllThingsDigital's multiple sources, Apple will have two major unveiling events this fall. One on September 12 for the iPhone 5, and then another in October to announce the iPad mini. The idea is that the iPad mini will be a huge seller for Apple this holiday season — the company doesn't want to drop two atomic bombs on the same day.

It's been rumored that the new iPad mini will have a 7.85-inch display, making it more portable than the existing new iPad with Retina display. The smaller size means it will compete directly with a smaller class of bargain-priced tablets that will include a brand new iteration of Amazon's Kindle Fire. And while we don't know the price point of the new iPad mini yet, many seem to believe that the device will be priced around $249 or $299 to remain competitive with the incredibly popular $199 Nexus 7.

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This article was written by Fox Van Allen and originally appeared on Tecca

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