A case manufacturer has supposedly leaked some of the details of Apple’s upcoming miniature iPad, and among the more eye-catching of these is the assertion that the device is going to be as thin as an iPod touch.
Apple has sold millions of the 10-inch iPad, but persistent rumors indicate that this fall the company is going to introduce a smaller version intended to compete with the numerous 7-inch Android tablets also on the market.
According to FullHull, as reported by ThinkiOS, this model is going to a bit smaller than the current iPad, but not dramatically so. It will allegedly be 7.9 x 5.3-inches wide. For comparison, the full-size version is 9.5 x 7.3-inches.
This tablet will reportedly be 7.4 mm, almost 2 mm thinner than the Apple’s current version, and, as mentioned earlier, about the thickness of an iPod touch.
FullHull asserts that Apple is prepping a device with a 7-inch touchscreen. Previous reports, however, have indicated that this model will have a display that’s 8.9-inches. It’s not clear at this point what the screen resolution will be though. Apple could save money by not using a Retina display, but instead including one that’s 1024 x 768 pixels, the same as the first two iPad versions.
The iPad Mini will supposedly cost just $250, and will be released in October.
All of this is somewhat controversial, as Apple’s former CEO Steve Jobs once said that his company would not make a 7-inch tablet. Of course, Apple’s current head honcho Tim Cook could always argue that the market situation has changed since 2010.