Apple will hold a special event on Oct. 23 month, at which it will showcase a new, smaller iPad — the long-rumored iPad Mini, reports “AllThingsD” (

“That’s a Tuesday, not a Wednesday, so this is a bit of a break with recent tradition. It also happens to be just three days prior to the street date for Microsoft’s new Surface tablet,” John Paczkowski writes for “AllThingsD.” “Sources declined to specify where the event is to be held, and I’ve not been able to confirm a location.”