On Tuesday, October 23 at 10 AM Pacific / 1 PM Eastern time, Apple will hold a press event in San Jose, California, where industry watchers and consumers alike anticipate that Apple's new baby, the iPad Mini, will be held up for all the kingdom to see. But what will the little one be like?
The press invitation for the event shows only the top portion of the famous Apple icon against an iridescent background, and the words: "We've got a little more to show you." Based on that and the rumors of recent weeks -- of which there have been no shortage -- here are some of the expectations.
Most observers expect the iPad Mini to be in the 7- to 8-inch range, and have a starting price of $250-299. A Reuters story earlier this month included a report from an unnamed Wall Street analyst who said that he had had an opportunity to play with an iPad Mini prototype when he was visiting some Asian component makers, and he described the device as being 7.85 inches. He also said it fit "our hands like a glove."
If it is in that size and price range, the model's immediate impact will be on the mini-tablet market that has evolved. The leading products in that category are Amazon's Kindle Fire, Barnes & Noble's Nook Tablet and Google's Nexus 7, all of which primarily have been sold as media consumption devices.
Flo's Weblog, a German-language site, has run a photo of what it claims is an official spreadsheet with iPad Mini models and pricing. They show the device starting at $250 for an 8 GB Wi-Fi version and $350 for a cellular one, possibly LTE.
Every new generation of Apple products seems to get thinner and lighter. Although there is of course a physical limit to such a progression, the smaller iPad will certainly be lighter, and no one will be much surprised if it is thinner than its older siblings.
Several rumors point to an A5 processor and possibly 512 MB of memory, and there's at least one thread floating around that the name "Mini" will not be employed. Instead, in keeping with a well-respected family name, some think it will be dubbed the iPad Air.
There's also some speculation that an iPad Mini will have the Retina display that is beginning to populate Apple's screen-based products. The collective opinion is somewhat divided on this, however, because of the cost of the high-resolution display. (continued...)
Posted: 2012-10-20 @ 1:30pm PT
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