The Apple Inc.(NASDAQ:AAPL)’s new mini version of the iPad with a 7.85 inch screen that is expected to be launched in October will be named `iPad mini' according to the Japanese blog Macotakara.
Citing sources the Macotakara said that the "iPad" logo will be printed on the back of the case in the same way that "iPod" is printed on the iPod Nano and iPod Touch, and it means one new product will be added on iPad's product brand genre.
Despite the current iPad's new-fangled high-resolution retina display, rumour has it that the Mini may have a cheaper screen, making it competitively priced against Google's Nexus 7 and Amazon's Kindle Fire, both selling for a starting price of $199.
The "new iPad" will also be replaced with a micro-dock equipped one, and a Japanese mobile operator (which operates iPhone 4S but not iPad) will add this new iPad on their line-up, the Apple blog said.
Next iPod Nano may be equipped with Wi-Fi antenna on the side of the case, and will support iTunes Music Cloud in order for Apple to promote the largest Music Store in the world, it added.
Lastly, Macotakra offers its two cents on the “mystery hole” found on the recently leaked iPod touch case. They believe it could be related to near field communications (NFC) technology, the same technology frequently used in touch-less payment systems.
There have been reports that Apple will release its new iPhone and iPad Mini in two separate events rather than clubbing it together to avoid diluting each other’s brand equity.