iPad Mini, anyone? Apple sets Oct. 23 event

As rumored, Apple has sent out invitations for a special event, where the company is widely expected to debut a smaller iPad model.

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It looks like the iPhone 5 wasn't Apple's last big debut in 2012.

Apple just sent out invitations to a special event that it's holding next Tuesday, October 23, starting at 10 a.m. PT, presumably to unveil the much-rumored smaller iPad model.

The graphical side of the Apple invite. Apple

The tagline of the invite is "We've got a little more to show you," and the invitation shows the top of Apple's logo.

Apple is holding the event at the California Theatre in San Jose, Calif., just a block away from the courtroom where its major trial with Samsung took place.

The invitation confirms a report from AllThingsDigital last week, which claimed the event date would be October 23.

Since before its very first model of the iPad came out, Apple has been rumored to be working on a smaller version. But expectations that the company would double down on its iPad line have increased, especially after competitors like Amazon and Google began to put out smaller tablets that were a third of the price and brought in critical acclaim.

Recently we saw leaked photos , supposedly of the finished product. And ahead of that there was an e-mail thread between some of Apple's top executives discussing the viability of a 7-inch model , unearthed during the Apple v. Samsung trial in August.

Along with an iPad Mini, Apple is rumored to be introducing a 13-inch model of its Retina Display MacBook Pro, as well as updated Mac Minis.

CNET will be at the October 23 Apple event to bring you live coverage. Find it here:

CNET's live coverage of Apple's event next Tuesday

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