'iPad Mini' to Debut Oct. 23 For real this time? By Matt Cantor, Newser User Posted Oct 12, 2012 11:42 AM CDT 13 comments Comments A police officer stands watch near Apple's logo at a store in Beijing Friday, Jan. 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Andy Wong) (Newser) – Word has it a smaller iPad will debut at an Apple event on Oct. 23—though, to be fair, word has previously been wrong. This time, however, AllThingsD sounds pretty sure about it. The invite-only event, set for three days before Microsoft's Surface tablet hits stores, will take place on a Tuesday, unlike most Apple launches, which occur on Wednesdays. The so-called "iPad mini" will have a 7.85-inch liquid crystal display, a smaller Lightning connector, and is likely to be thinner than the regular iPad, according to the report. The Atlantic Wire, which has a link to photos, notes that it may be WiFi-only.