iPad Mini Event: 10 Things to Expect From Apple's Tablet Introduction

NEWS ANALYSIS: Apple's iPad Mini event will certainly showcase a smaller version of its iconic tablet. But what other news might come out of it?

Apple is planning to hold a special event Oct. 23 that will likely play host to the new iPad Mini. That device will reportedly come with a 7.85-inch screen and give customers up to 24 different configurations to choose from. New pricing rumors suggest the device could ship for as little as $249, putting it on an even playing field with its chief competitors, the Google Nexus 7 and the Kindle Fire HD.

Lost amid all the talk of the iPad Mini, however, is what exactly Apple might discuss at the event. At this point, it seems almost guaranteed that the iPad Mini will be unveiled, but that will just be one of many things the company's executives will discuss. As with all previous Apple events, the Oct. 23 show will be designed to highlight a key product and usher in a new product cycle for the iPhone maker. Apple's event will carry the company into 2013, and it'll be sure to get all the finer points out before it gives up.

So, before that happens, we thought it might be a good idea to look at some of the things Apple will likely do at the Oct. 23 event. From unveiling the iPad Mini to taking shots at competitors, the event should be packed full of noteworthy tidbits.

1. The iPad Mini, of course

Let's just get this out of the way: The iPad Mini will be unveiled at Apple's Oct. 23 event. If the rumors are true, the device will come with a 7.85-inch screen and the Lightning adapter. Besides four storage options, three connectivity services and two colors, it'll come in 24 flavors to choose from. Choose wisely.

2. A Mac Mini

The Mac Mini is in serious need of an update. If the latest rumors prove true, Apple will launch a new version of the computer. The Mac Mini is a so-called "bring your own keyboard, video, mouse" (BYOKVM) computer, meaning it doesn't come with those extra components. Apple also sells a Mac Mini server. Look for both to be updated at the event.

3. Tim Cook taking a behind-the-scenes role

If Tim Cook has taught us anything over the last year, it's that he's not too comfortable on-stage. Unlike his predecessor, the late Steve Jobs, Cook likes to let his marketing executives handle all the product introductions. Expect much of the same at the Oct. 23 event.

4. iPad sales statistics

Before Apple shows off the new iPad Mini, expect the company to prime the pump with an announcement of iPad sales to this point. Apple loves to tout its success, and sharing iPad sales will help it do just that.

Don Reisinger

Don Reisinger

Don Reisinger is a longtime freelance contributor to several technology and business publications. Over his career, Don has written about everything from geek-friendly gadgetry to issues of privacy...