AllThingsD is very tight with Apple, so it's always correct with Apple event dates.
AllThingsD's sources didn't confirm a location but it is speculated that the event will be held on Apple's campus at its Town Hall auditorium.
Jim Dalrymple of the Loop has also cosigned the announcement.
The smaller iPad is rumored to have a 7.85-inch screen and will sport Apple's new annoying Lightning connector.
If Apple announces the device on October 23, it'll likely launch a week to 10 days later.
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