The November 2 iPad Mini release date was also mentioned in a 9To5Mac tweet, though the publication wasn’t sure about the date. Geeky Gadgets claims its source is reliable and was able to pinpoint the iPhone 5 release date last month as well.
A November 2 release date makes sense as Apple tends to release its devices on Fridays. Apple also typically waits 10 days after a launch to release a device, which would put the release on November 1. Apple tends to have events on Wednesday instead of Tuesday, however, so the Friday release is likely more important than the 10 day window.
The iPad Mini will likely feature a 7.85-inch display with the same 1024×768 resolution as the iPad 2. With the exception of the new Lightning port on the bottom of the device, the iPad Mini will likely have the same specs as the iPad 2 but in a smaller, more portable shell. That smaller shell will likely look more like the current iPod touch than the iPad.
Leaked pricing for the iPad Mini says the device will start at around $249 for the base Wi-Fi model. It’s unclear if the device will come with 3G/4G LTE or not. Leaked SKUs may point to 3G/4G LTE on the iPad Mini or to a Wi-Fi iPad Mini and a completely refreshed iPad line with Lightning port.