The smaller version of the iPad tablet is expected to arrive before the year ends. Nicknamed the iPad Mini for lack of an official name, it is likely to have a price below US $500.
Rumors of the tablet had been circulating for months despite Apple’s silence on the matter. Recently, the existence of the slate had been confirmed by reputable news agencies like Bloomberg, the Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. Some of the tablet’s rumored specifications include a 7-inch display on a form factor measuring around 7.85 inches in length and 5.3 inches in width. By comparison, the most recent iPad has a length of 9.5 inches, and a width of 7.31 inches.
Moreover, the device will possibly have a 19-pin connector instead of the usual 30-pin connector. This same connector is said to be also onboard the upcoming iPhone which is scheduled for launching this fall. Allegedly, the connector will be better in terms of efficiency than the old connector.
Unlike the Google Nexus 7 tablet which brought down costs by offering just one camera, the smaller iPad could have two cameras like most slates today. Exactly how many megapixels the main camera will have, however, remains to be known. Other than this, the iPad Mini is said to have two speaker grills.
These specifications are backed up by leaked photos of drawings of the device from an anonymous source from China. A photo of an alleged engineering sample of the iPad Mini has been published by Gottabemobile.com, as well.
Prior to his death, Steve Jobs was quoted saying that Apple will not be producing an iPad smaller than the 9.7 inch devices available today. However, the folks at Apple might have realized that the times have changed greatly with the entry of many low-cost options. Though the iPad today still leads in the tablet market, Apple might need to come up with new strategies to ensure that it remains in this position for the years to come.