The debut of Apple Inc.(NASDAQ:AAPL)’s iPad Mini - a smaller, cheaper version of its tablet PC iPad - is imminent according to reports.
All eyes are trained on the Cupertino company and critics, analysts and tech enthusiasts are certain that the mini version of the iPad should be unveiled sometimes before the end of this year, though no one has a clue about the exact date.
Unlike the iPhone 5 there are very little details available about the iPad Mini. The only thing that everyone is agreed on is it will allow the company to compete with Amazon's Kindle Fire, Google's Nexus 7 and Barnes & Noble's Nook readers in terms of price and connectivity.
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AllThingsD had stated last month that the Mini would debut sometime towards late October. By that time the initial euphoria over the iPhone 5 would have dissipated a little bit and customers would be looking around for the next new gadget to buy.
It will also be in time for the company to catch the holiday season buyers.
Now let's see what the buzz is about the new iPad. Some sites have been talking about a wider screen display. In fact this is one area where all reports seem to have some consensus - a larger screen of probably 7.85 inches. This will make it slightly larger than the 7 inch tablets of Amazon and Google.
Several sites such as China's Bolopad.com and GizChina.com (an auction site on the lines of eBay) have all been showing images of the proposed iPad Mini, but the veracity of these pictures has yet to be ascertained.
In fact, we do not even know how far ready Apple is to launch the new tablet PC and whether it would risk selling such a device that could cannibalise its own larger iPads.
There have been speculations that the iPad Mini may have a price tag of $249 to $300 for the lowest capacity 16GB version. But then again it’s still in the realms of rumours, because we yet have to see the specs of the new device - if it exists.