The iPad is the unbeaten tablet in the market at the moment, but as rivals have proven, there is a huge interest in smaller and cheaper gadgets as well.
In a few weeks, we might get to see the so-called iPad mini. It will be Apple Inc.(NASDAQ:AAPL)’s effort to fill the gap in its iOS device array. While early leaks on iPad mini have not been rampant as they were for the iPhone, we do have a fair idea of what may be like.
Date of sale
Apple has already let out to the press that it will declare the iPad mini in October. As per AllThingsD, Apple will declare the tablet on 23rd October. Apple usually releases products in a span ranging from a week to 10 days after the announcement. Hence, we can expect a late October or early November release date. According to the reports of The Wall Street Journal, iPad Mini is already in full production.
Things get a little tricky here. There are speculations that the iPad mini could cost as less as $199, which is the same price as the Kindle Fire HD and Nexus 7. Others think a $299 price is probable. However, one should not expect that the iPad mini could cost more than the iPad 2.
By all accounts, the iPad mini will have a display of 7.85 inches. That is slightly larger than 7-inch display on Google’s Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD, still smaller than 9.7 inch display on the full-sized iPad mini.
Kind of screen
To keeps the costs down, there have been rumors that Apple would not include high-resolution Retina display that is used on iPads and iPhones. This means that the resolution will be the same as iPhone 3GS. It is probable that Apple will use the same type of screen for iPad mini as it had used on 3GS model.