While the existence of an iPad Mini continues to be the product of pure speculation, new reports have surfaced detailing the tiny tablet, pegging this device with the functionality of a small iPad and the look of an oversized iPod touch.
The iPod touch-like design would make the iPad Mini comparable in size to the portable form factors of 7-inch slates such as the Google Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire, yet with a larger 4:3 display. This design would mean no bezels along the sides in portrait mode, and wider bezels along the top and bottom, a contrast to the current iPad‘s bezels that maintain a consistent width on all sides.
The lack of bezels on the sides will allow users to hold the device in the palm of one hand when in portrait mode, rather than gripping the front and sides of the tablet, as current iPad owners commonly do.
Based on mockups and supposed image leaks, the iPad Mini will sport a 7.85-inch display at a 1024 x 768 resolution. This is the same resolution as trhe first- and second-generation tablets from Apple.
It will allegedly be 7.9 x 5.3 inches and just 7.4 mm, almost 2 mm thinner than Apple’s current version, or about the thickness of an iPod touch. As part of this slimmed-down design, the iPad Mini is said to use the same smaller Dock Connector that is expected in the iPhone 5.
Unlike its bigger brethren, the iPad Mini is rumored to feature 4G LTE connectivity, with leaked schematics of what the device could look like showing a gap for Apple’s telltale cell radio bar, leaving the option of 4G open.
This small iPad is expected to sell for $200 or $250, aiming at a market for those who want a smaller, inexpensive tablet. Though Apple will likely make some cost ?cutting measures, like eliminating a rear-facing camera, as hinted in recent reports.
Despite Apple lending no cause for these claims, staying silent on the existence of a smaller slate, the whispers of an iPad Mini continue. Possible launch dates are all over the map, with the earlist next month and the latest in November.