The new-car smell of the iPhone 5 must have worn off already. According to Fortune, Apple’s getting ready to send out invitations to an iPad mini event in the next couple of weeks. A prominent investor tipped off Fortune, and has indicated that invitations will allegedly go out on Oct.10, 2012.

[quote]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.[/quote]

In addition to the rumors about the iPad mini event invitations going out on the 10th, Elmer-Dewitt also speculates that the event will take place on October 17th, and potentially launch November 7th. The Moscone Center does seem to have an opening from October 14th to the 17th.

We’re not sure what to think about this one. What do you think?