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Will Apple introduce a 7-inch iPad? Case makers think so. (+video)

Makers of cases and other accessories have already started producing products designed to fit an iPad with a 7-inch screen, which they expect Apple to introduce on Tuesday.   

There's supposedly a new iPad in the works. Apple is expected to unveil a pint-size version of the tablet on Tuesday at an event in San Jose, Calif. CNET's Sumi Das has a preview.
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Apple products are badly kept secrets these days. It's now a given that the company will introduce an iPad with a 7-inch screen at its "a little more to show you" press event next Tuesday, Oct. 23.

Pundits and rumor collectors might have been wrong on the timing of a 7-inch iPad Mini device, expecting it to be announced along with the iPhone 5 on Sept. 12. But it looks like the substance of the iPad Mini rumors was correct, two accessory makers have told TechNewsDaily.

Companies that make accessories often have the best insider information, because they have to churn out a lot of product as fast as they can, and many of them have to fit the core product exactly.

Many major players nailed it with the iPhone 5, which saw more companies than usual pre-producing items that were exact fits. Speck, a maker of complex, tight-fitting cases, built them in advance for the first time ever with the iPhone 5, the company told us. Previously, its best turnaround had been 30 days after launch for the popular Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone.

In comparison, most companies were very cautious about the iPad Mini. Popular case manufacturer iLuv, for example, produced just a single case for the Sept. 12 event. And it was a soft cover with enough give to accommodate the possibility of slight inaccuracies in the info the designers had received.

[SEE ALSO: How an Accessory Maker Guessed Right on the iPhone 5]

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