The iPad mini is rumored to be headed for a November 2 launch. This is in line with all past rumors, and fits into place with rumors of an October 23 announcement. November 2 falls on the Friday the week after the announce date.
Right now, TechCrunch’s own sources say that the device will in fact ship that day. One top of that, several other websites are going with the same date. Not only based on Apple’s release history, but on their sources. There is no information on when pre-orders start coming from their source.
Here’s a bit of the original report:
Apple also probably wants to take full advantage of the holiday shopping season, so pushing for availability following closely on the heels of the announcement is a good bet. Traditionally, it enjoys considerable success during the holiday period.
Sounds like a date.