Each time Apple releases a new operating system, or new product, they publish a digital support manual for that device relative to the newest version of iOS or OS X. When “the new iPad” was released on March 15th, Apple published the user guide. Ditto for the iPhone 5. And each time a new version of iOS comes out, those guides are updated and published again.
All Apple user guides are up-to-date, except the iPad user guide, which hasn’t been touched since March. Some eagle-eyed observers have wondered why a month has passed since iOS 6’s release without Apple updating it, and it’s probably because Apple’s waiting for the iPad Mini keynote.
It’d be easier for Apple to kill two birds with one stone and wait till the iPad Mini is officially announced before updating the user guide, rather than updating it on the iOS 6 release date and then again just a month later.
Another reason could be that the iPad Mini will run an updated version of iOS 6 and that publishing the manual now could reveal a few secrets about it. Or it’s entirely likely that someone at Apple just got a little lazy and hasn’t gotten around to it yet, while others – like us – are trying to read too much into it. Guess we’ll find out next Tuesday anyway.