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Just hours after Microsoft’s price announcement of Windows 8, Apple has just announced a media event for next Tuesday, Oct. 23 to likely show off a much-anticipated mini iPad.

Apple sent out invites that read “We’ve got a little more to show you.” We wrote about the potential little Microsoft/Apple tablet collision course last week and it certainly looks like that may happen.

The event will be held at the California Theatre in San Jose, Calif. at 10 a.m. Pacific time.

The rumored mini iPad would be more directly competitive with Amazon’s 7-inch Kindle Fire than with the larger Microsoft Surface, which is more of an alternative to the original iPad. But limited consumer budgets mean that every high-profile tablet is competing with all the others these days.

Apple’s event comes three days before the Oct. 26 launch of Windows 8 and the Surface tablet.

Prices for the iPad Mini have been rumored to be anywhere from the low $300’s to the mid-$800’s for the top end models.

Earlier today, received a list of mini iPad SKU’s and it appears that Apple will release four models of its newest tablet. The website also reported that Apple will unveil a new 13″ Retina Macbook Pro and new Mac minis at Tuesday’s event.

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