iPad Mini could hit stores November 2

The expected new tablet from Apple could be parachuting right into a big holiday tablet throw-down with the likes of Microsoft's Surface and Google's Nexus.

The smaller slate size Apple once slammed is about to be released by Apple. Twitter/SonnyDickson

The smaller tablet we thought we'd never see from Apple could be in many consumers' hands on November 2.

That's the on-sale date for the iPad Mini that is being touted in a fresh round of rumors this morning, and given Apple's record of releasing new products on a Friday, roughly 10 days after unveiling it in a hype-filled media event, it makes sense to me, too.

Apple has already announced and sent out invitations for a media event on October 23 ("We've got a little more to show you"), and it's widely expected to be centered on a new iPad with a 7.8-inch display that could be priced as low as $249. For the full details of what we expect to see, check out Scott Stein's rundown .

The holiday shopping season is shaping up to be an Ultimate Fighting Championship of tablets, with Microsoft's Surface dropping in a few weeks, and persistent rumors of an uber-cheap new Google Nexus tablet. Let's hope Apple has been brushing up on its jiujitsu moves to be able to compete.

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(Via Geeky Gadgets)

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