Yes, the original iPhone and iPad announcements had an event of their own. But they weren't just hardware announcements, they also showed new software and a new concept of device altogether. Now with the iPad midi, neither the device concept nor the software will be new. We already know iOS 6 and all the iPad apps. How could they fill an entire event just talking about new hardware, especially when it's a budget device with probably a lot in common with the iPad 2 (Resolution, SoC, cameras)? I have a hard time believing they will just talk about how thin and light it is and run cheesy videos for 1-2 hours. At the past iPhone 5 event, they talked about the iPhone 5, a device with more new hardware than the iPad mini, and still managed to show off iOS 6, introduce a new iPod touch, iPod nano and iTunes 11 in a single event. At WWDC, they refreshed the whole MacBook lineup and introduced the rMBP and showed Mountain Lion and all its new features. Do you think the iPad mini is really going to be the only topic of the event (other than the usual sales numbers bragging at the beginning)? What else could there be to justify a whole event? New iMacs/ Mac minis? A 13" rMBP? A new full-size iPad? A new iWork? A completely new Mac desktop line? New iCloud features?