Aug. 27, 2012 at 12:32 PM ET
iPad Mini? iPad Nano? iPad Air? We don't actually know if Apple is even working on a smaller iPad. All we have to go on are reports from anonymous sources and leaked parts which are allegedly intended for this tablet. But that won't stop rumors about the devices's name from floating around.
CNET's Lance Whitney points out that the folks at Japanese blog Macotakara — who've had a mixed track record when it comes to Apple rumors — say they've got a source who claims that the rumored tablet will be called the "iPad Mini."
Apple blogger John Gruber has previously dubbed the device the "iPad Air" in passing, while suggesting that it will be announced in October, instead of sharing the spotlight with the next-generation iPhone in September.
"I don’t think Apple would want reviews of both a new iPhone and new-size iPad appearing at the same time," Gruber writes. "The iPhone is too big, too cool, and garners too much attention — and it’s in Apple’s interest to keep that attention undiluted."
AllThingsD's John Paczkowski went with the label "so-called 'iPad Mini'" while explaining that he has "several sources" who confirm that Apple will indeed show off the device in October.
For what it's worth, we frequently reach out to the folks at Apple and ask them if they're feeling crazy enough to chit-chat about their upcoming products, but as it's their policy not to address such rumors, we'll have to keep speculating until Apple sends out invitations to a very special event.
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