The latest iPad Mini rumour is that the new device will have a strong focus on Apple’s iBooks (via), including a possible iBooks 3 launch that could include various new features. None of this would be hugely surprising, and it’s still very much just a rumour, but Apple arguably needs to refresh its book-related line-up in the wake of new products from the likes of Amazon and Kobo.
The current suggestion is that Apple is planning to launch the iPad Mini on October 23rd, although this date is by no means certain. If the launch focuses, as some suggest, on ebooks, we could see not only an iBooks 3 but also a new iteration of iBooks Author. On the other hand, while books will almost certainly be part of the iPad Mini launch, it’s more than likely that there will be plenty of other new features to push at the same time.
In the absence of solid information, all sorts of iPad Mini rumours are likely to crop up over the next week or so. The device is expected to basically be a smaller, cheaper version of the main iPad. I doubt Apple will want to align the iPad Mini as being basically a new ereader, so iBooks and iBooks Author will probably be just parts of the launch, rather than being presented as the raison d’etre of the new device.