Thursday, August 16, 2012

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPad Mini parts `Leaks’ Fuels Furious Speculation on Design

Apple Inc.(NASDAQ:AAPL)’s products always generate a lot of anticipation prior to their launch but this time things are reaching a feverish pitch.

The online world is awash with a host of so-called iPad Mini parts and creative souls have working overtime designing wafer-thin, iPod Touch look-alikes that many claim is similar to what Apple is planning to launch next month.

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That there have been rumours of a 7-inch iPad swirling around is common knowledge but even so there have been very few parts leaks associated with the device as much of the attention has gone to Apple's upcoming next generation iPhone.

But now the focus has shifted from the iPhone to speculations over what the iPad Mini could like. This has prompted technology pundits to piece together all the information and images floating out there in cyber space to try and get a fix on what the purported tablet may look like.

On Tuesday, iMore offered a mock-up of the rumoured "iPad mini," which it claimed was accurate based on reports from several sources. According to the insiders, the device will share the same depth as the current iPod touch which, at 7.2mm, is substantially thinner than the third-generation 9.7-inch iPad.

The external design of the iPad Mini is meant to facilitate easier usability with one hand, iMore noted.

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Perhaps one of the most prominent features in the mock-up is the extremely thin bezel seen around the screen when holding the unit in portrait orientation. This feature is supposedly the result of making the device thinner and lighter, and is consistent with the design of the iPod Touch.

Daring Fireball's John Gruber who has analysed the physical aspect ratios of the Apple, not just the screen, has come to the conclusion that the rumoured smaller iPad may fall somewhere between the current iPad and the iPod touch. Also, the device should have rounded corners much like Apple's original iPhone.

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