Apple's iPad Mini, set for its formal unveiling in a matter of days, could reach the hands of consumers by early November.
Multiple media outlets are reporting that the company has set 2 November as the official release date for the tablet. The reports did not mention if the launch would be internationally or US-only, though Apple has of late opted to release devices in the UK on the same day as the US.
The report comes ahead of a scheduled event on 23 October which will include the formal unveiling of Apple's small-screened tablet. Invites for the event have mentioned the iPad, though other reports have suggested that the company could also be preparing to unveil updated MacBook models as well.
When it does arrive on the market, the iPad Mini will meet a growing and increasingly competitive market for tablets. Microsoft is preparing to launch its Windows 8 operating system and with it a line of tablets from both Microsoft and its OEM partners.
Early reports have suggested that Microsoft's Surface tablet has piqued the interest of consumers, who have already snapped up the first batch of pre-order units in the US.
While the Windows 8 tablets are currently dominating the headlines, Apple's primary competition for the iPad Mini looks to come from smaller-screen tablet systems such as the Amazon Kindle fire and the Google Nexus 7.
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