Apple to Hold 'iPad Mini' Event October 23

John Paczkowski, as usual, has the scoop for AllThingsD:

As AllThingsD reported in August, Apple will hold a special event this month, at which it will showcase a new, smaller iPad. People familiar with Apple's plans tell us that the company will unveil the so-called "iPad mini" on Oct. 23 at an invitation-only event.

That's a Tuesday, not a Wednesday, so this is a bit of a break with recent tradition. It also happens to be just three days prior to the street date for Microsoft's new Surface tablet and two days before Apple reports earnings for its latest quarter.

Paczkowski's report is confirmed by the ever-famous "Yep" from The Beard.

Looking forward to the event -- and the invitations.