A new report supports the idea that the upcoming smaller iPad will be named the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini name had been floating around for months in tech blogs and forums. However, it seems to be part of Apple’s tradition to neither confirm nor deny rumors about the names of upcoming products. For example, earlier this year, many believed the iPad to be called the iPad 3. When the device was launched, however, Apple simply called it the iPad or the new iPad.
Meanwhile, the report that backs up the iPad Mini name comes from a Japan-based Apple blog called Macotakara. Allegedly, the people behind the blog have been tipped by an unnamed source from Asia.
Another blog called AllThingsD says that the iPad Mini could make its first appearance this coming October. Moreover, Apple will allegedly launch the iPad Mini as well as the new iPhone in two different events. The iPhone 5, for its part, is purportedly scheduled for a September 12 launch, and the device will begin hitting the market on September 21. Like the next iPad, however, the name of the next iPhone remains to be confirmed.
Earlier, it had been believed that both the iPad Mini and the iPhone 5 will be uncovered during a September 12 event.
The new schedule, however, will be better for both products as it will allow consumers to focus on one Apple device at a time.
Apart from the iPad Mini and the iPhone 5, another product that could have a follow-up is the iPod.
The media player is said to be in line to get WiFi connectivity. Furthermore, Macotakara claims that Apple will likely allow it to access an iTunes service on Apple’s cloud. It could also sport a new Near Field Communication feature, on account of a hole that was spotted alongside the iPod Nano’s iSight camera.