Apple invite suggests iPad mini launch

  • Apple has sent out invites for what is widely rumored to be the launch of the iPad mini.

    The e-vites read: "We've got a little more to show you."

    Speculation has been rife that the new model will feature a display that is 7 to 8 inches in size.

    Amazon's Kindle Fire and Asus's Google-branded Nexus 7 have already proved to be popular with users who want a tablet they can hold with one hand.

    However, Apple continues to dominate the market.

    The event will take place at California Theater in San Jose, California.

    Apple's former boss, the late Steve Jobs, had previously dismissed the idea of releasing a smaller iPad.

    "There are clear limits of how close you can physically place elements on a touchscreen before users cannot reliably tap, flick or pinch them," he said in October 2010, according to a transcript of a conference call provided by news site Seeking Alpha.

    "This is one of the key reasons we think the 10-inch screen size is the minimum size required to create great tablet apps... 7-inch tablets are tweeners, too big to compete with a smartphone and too small to compete with an iPad."