Here are the latest Apple rumors from the blogosphere:

According to our source, who asked not be named, there appears to be some truth to the widespread rumors that Apple is preparing to launch a smaller and cheaper version of the iPad — often called the iPad mini or iPad air and usually described as having a 7.85-inch screen. What our source adds is the specificity of a date: The press, he says, can expect invitations to go out on Oct. 10.” — “Fortune” (tech.fortune.cnn)

Appleā€™s plan to have its own music-streaming service built into the iPhone 5 was dramatically dashed when talks between the tech giant and Sony/ATV hit a last-minute snag, The Post has learned.” — “New York Post” (wwww.nypost.com)

“A revision to the terms and conditions of Apple’s App Store has sparked concern that the company could stomp out a side market of applications that promote other apps.” — “AppleInsider” (www.appleinsider.com)

“Telly rivals Will.i.am and Simon Cowell have teamed up for an X Factor spin-off to find the new Bill Gates.” — “The Sun” (www.thesun.cok.uk)

“With the iPhone 3GS discontinued as of the launch of the iPhone 5, one market watcher believes Apple has signaled that it does not intend to introduce a new, lower-priced iPhone model in the near future.” — “AppleInsider” (www.appleinsider.com)

“While the three major U.S iPhone carriers launched the iPhone 5 on September 21 and prepaid carrier Cricket and a number of regional carriers followed suit on September 28, one U.S. brand has been curiously silent about its plans for the iPhone 5: Sprint’s prepaid Virgin Mobile unit. Virgin launched the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 in late June, offering prepaid plans for as low as $30 per month to customers willing to pay full retail price for their iPhones.” — “MacRumors” (www.macrumors.com)

“Sharing a link from Apple’s new Maps application in iOS 6 automatically forwards Mac and PC users to Google Maps, but the origin URL of “maps.apple.com” hints that Apple Maps could come to non-iOS devices in the future and compete with Google Maps on a wider scale.” — “AppleInsider” (www.appleinsider.com)

“Apple has reportedly changed its App Store terms and conditions to restrict third-party app promotion. A new section in the terms prohibits developers from submitting iOS apps that highlight titles offered by other developers, fueling speculation that the company may be preparing to curtail the growth of apps that solely serve as a promotional platform for other App Store offerings.” — “MacNN” (www.macnn.com)