By now everyone is probably aware of the "iPad Mini" rumors floating around. There's a lot of debate as to whether or not it will actually happen. Based on the past few days of questions I've gotten from friends and family, I think Apple should do it. Had a family gathering over the weekend. As with all family events, this is a time when all my siblings, cousins, aunts, uncles, parents, etc. like to ask me all their tech questions. I do this for a living 40+ hours a week, so why wouldn't I want to talk about it on the weekend too, right? Being a newly converted (in the last 2 years) Apple fan, it's also a time when people in my family like to give me a hard time about ANYTHING they can find in the news that's even remotely negative about Apple just to see if they can get me riled up. In the last couple of weeks running up to this family event last Saturday, I have had 3 family members forward me links to articles about a possible upcoming iPad Mini. My uncle posted on my Facebook timeline that he was going to order an iPad Mini ASAP just so he can have it before I do. My little cousin (she's 9) was saving her money for a Kindle Fire. She now wants to wait it out and see if there's an iPad Mini this fall. I'm not saying that my family is the deciding demographic on the success of this thing. What I am saying is that my family generally doesn't care too much about stuff like this. I think if there's an iPad Mini, it will be like the iPod Nano/Shuffle/etc. was to the iPod. It will be a smaller, more affordable tablet. Maybe it will be a little more stripped down feature wise. But it will be an iPad nonetheless, and people are going to want it. And I think if the price is right, Amazon, B&N, and anyone else making smaller ~$200-$250 tablets should be shaking in their boots.