The Apple Roundup: The genesis of Steve Jobs the patent warrior

Here’s our daily pick of stories about Apple from around the web that you shouldn’t miss. Today’s installment: How Apple became obsessed with filing patents, Apple’s huge iPad mini order, predictions about the smaller iPad’s quality, the persistent iPod, the Lightning adapter backorders start shipping.

The Apple Roundup: Apple to enlist retail employees to improve Maps

Here’s our daily pick of stories about Apple from around the web that you shouldn’t miss. Today’s installment: Retail employees asked to help correct Apple’s mapping data, will a future iPhone have NFC?, Oracle embraces the iPad, why Apple is building a smaller tablet, and more.

More iPad mini evidence: mass production begins

More evidence leaks out that we are close to seeing a smaller iPad in a report from The Wall Street Journal. It looks like holiday shoppers will have several good choices when it comes to picking out a smaller tablet this year.

iPad mini unveiling coming soon? Report says Oct. 17

The iPad mini may be introduced at an event in the next two weeks, according to a report in Fortune. The source for this information is a “major Apple investor,” who says invitations to a press event will be sent out on Oct. 10.

Hey iPad: 7-inch slates will take 32% of this year’s market

Small slates are expected to account for 32 percent of all tablet sales this year says iHS iSuppli. After nearly two years of saying there’s a market for the 7-inch tablet, it’s good to see the analysts reaffirm my own experiences. Now: Where’s that 7.85-inch iPad?

The Apple Roundup: Betting on iPad Mini hardware specs

Here’s our daily pick of stories about Apple from around the web that you shouldn’t miss. Today’s installment: Hardware specs for a smaller iPad, another brewing Apple-Samsung legal battle, a courtroom loss for Apple in Japan, new iMacs, and some clarification on Apple’s new executive lineup.

Report: iPad Mini to get its own launch event in October

A new report says Apple will give the iPhone and iPad Mini their own press events, with the iPhone going first in September followed by the iPad Mini a month later. The move would give Apple plenty of press attention without diluting coverage.

The Apple Roundup: Handicapping the arrival of new Apple TV

Here’s our daily pick of stories about Apple from around the web that you shouldn’t miss. Today’s installment: more evidence a new Apple TV isn’t coming soon, Apple’s room for growth, a longtime Apple ad maker quits, and the results of Korea’s Apple v. Samsung patent case.

Sorry, an iPad Mini without a bezel just doesn’t fit

Between mock-ups and alleged leaked parts, you’d think we’d know what a smaller iPad would look like. But some of these ideas are off base showing a super slim bezel on the slate. Effective usability of 7-inch tablets requires a place to rest your thumb.

The Apple Roundup: Genius ads may be pitched at older Mac users

Here’s our daily pick of stories about Apple from around the web that you shouldn’t miss. Today’s installment: A theory that Apple was appealing to a new demographic with Genius ads, tensions in the Apple-Samsung courtroom, kid-sized iPads, and how Hollywood does free advertising for Apple.