A new Apple tablet is widely expected to be announced later today, but those who are interested don’t have to wait — most of the details of this device have leaked out already.
Years ago, Apple was very good at keeping a lid on upcoming products, but no more. This change may have started a few years ago, when everything about the iPhone 4 was public knowledge long before the official announcement. The same has happened with the iPad Mini, and most of the company’s products in between.
Thanks to a long series of unconfirmed reports, Apple’s next tablet will have a 7.85 inch touchscreen — smaller than the 9.8-inch one on the company’s previous models.
This will allegedly have a 1024 x 768 resolution, the same as the first- and second-generation iPads. This means app developers won’t have to create special versions of their software for this device.
The iPad Mini will reportedly have both front and rear-facing cameras and dual stereo speakers.
It is expected to use the Lightning connector, which recently debuted on the iPhone 5. This means that virtually no accessories for current iPads will work with this one.
Naturally, the iPad Mini will debut running Apple iOS 6. No details on its processor have emerged yet, but it might well use the same chip that’s in the iPad 2 — aside from size, these two are expected to be much alike.
Price and Availability
Naturally, the price for the various versions if the iPad Mini is not yet official — Apple has yet to confirm that this tablet even exists. Still, a recent unconfirmed report indicated that there will be an 8GB version for around $250, a 16GB model will sell for about $350, a 32GB one should be $450, and the 64GB model will be approximately $550. Adding 4G support to this will be an additional $130.
If this product is indeed announced tomorrow, then the launch will quite likely be Nov. 2, as Apple has a habit of introducing its products on the Friday of the week following their announcement.
Check back with Tablet PC Review this afternoon for the official announcement of the iPad Mini.