FORTUNE — The drumroll in advance of the so-called iPad mini is getting deafening.
AllThingsD‘s John Paczkowski — who is rarely wrong about these things — reported Friday that “people familiar with Apple’s plans” tell him that the company will introduce a new, smaller version of the 9.8-inch iPad on Oct. 23 — nearly a week later than we had predicted.
According to Paczkowski, the unveiling will occur at an invitation-only event, probably at the Apple’s (AAPL) Town Hall auditorium in Cupertino.
Beyond that, he says, details are slim: “Sources say the iPad’s diminutive sibling will feature a 7.85-inch liquid-crystal display and a Lightning connector. It will also probably be thinner. And that’s about it.”
Meanwhile, Topeka’s Brian White, who is wrapping up a tour of Apple’s Asian component suppliers, reported Friday that he has held what he believes to be a prototype of the iPad mini. He writes: