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iPad mini: what we think we know
Apple has a little something to show us on October 23, and we all believe we know what that might be. A smaller, more affordable iPad model is expected to be announced – presumably called the iPad mini and likely destined to take down Amazon and Google as the dominant names on the 7-inch tablet arena. Obviously, the device isn't official yet, but at the same time, rumors about it have been going back and forth for months. Yeah, we know that security at Apple isn't as tight as it used to be. But thanks to those rumors, we believe we already know quite a lot about the iPad mini, although some pieces of the puzzle have yet to be revealed. Care to go over what we have so far and see what the iPad mini is shaping up to be?


Design

The iPad mini will probably look like this

The iPad mini will probably look like this

Knowing Apple, we are expecting the iPad mini to look a lot like a miniaturized version of the current iPad, with clean, minimalist design, a slender waistline and rounded corners. After all, why would anyone want to change a working formula? Furthermore, thanks to all the leaks, we have enough reasons to believe that the body of the device will be made out of aluminum. Without a doubt, the new Lightning dock connector will be on the bottom, replacing the now-obsolete 30-pin interface and possibly rendering some of your existing accessories unusable, but those who want to keep using the peripherals they own will have the option to purchase a $29 adapter from Apple. As far as variety is concerned, it is rumored that the iPad mini will come in white or black. But most importantly, the device will surely be more compact and even easier to handle than its predecessor due to the smaller size and reduced weight.


Display

The size of the display on the iPad mini doesn't seem that hard to predict either as the rumor mill has been pointing at the same figures for months – chances are that a 7.85-inch screen will be gracing the front of the device. But while the screens used by the Android competition have a widescreen aspect ratio (16:10 or 16:9), Apple's smaller tablet will stick with the 4:3 proportion. And that's not a bad thing at all! As a result, the iPad mini will have a display with 40% more surface area compared to the screens found on the Google Nexus 7 or the Amazon Kindle Fire HD. On the downside, movies will either have those nasty black stripes on the bottom and top, or will be cropped from the sides. The resolution of the screen is rumored to be 1024 by 768 pixels, which is bad news for everyone who has been hoping to see a Retina display on the iPad mini, but on the other hand, that would keep the production cost (and probably the retail price) of the device down.

The iPad mini will likely have a screen with 40% more surface area than those on 7-inch tablets

The iPad mini will likely have a screen with 40% more surface area than those on 7-inch tablets



Processor

This is where it gets interesting. Although we've seen alleged iPad mini components leak more than a few times already, there has been no word as to what kind of processor the device will utilize. The SoC will surely be of the AX kind, but will it be the new A6 found inside the iPhone 5, or a different chip developed especially for the iPad mini? We can only guess at this time, but it won't be surprising if the rumor mill fills in the blanks for us prior to the tablet's announcement.


Camera

There will be cameras on the front and back of the iPad mini
There will be cameras on the front and back of the iPad mini

There will be cameras on the front and back of the iPad mini

All the leaked iPad mini back plates that we've seen so far have an opening on the back, which is clearly meant for a camera lens. Furthermore, leaks confirm that a front-facing cam will be present as well. Unfortunately, we have no idea whether the main camera will be as capable as the iSight shooter found on the new iPad, or its photographic skills will be inferior. Also, although we hope that the front-facing camera will be as good as the one found on the iPhone 5, something tells us that a 0.3MP module like the one on the current iPad will be used.


Connectivity, storage, battery life

It looks like the iPad mini will have cellular connectivity

It looks like the iPad mini will have cellular connectivity

Now let's talk connectivity. On one hand, some say that the iPad mini will be a Wi-Fi-only device, but on the other, we've already seen photos of an alleged iPad mini chassis with a SIM card tray, suggesting that the tablet might come in a 3G/LTE flavor as well. That could be a huge advantage for Apple because 7-inchers rarely offer any kind of cellular connectivity. Therefore, chances are that users who need a smaller tablet and insist on staying always connected to the internet will have little alternatives and will go for the iPad mini.

Storage-wise, iPad mini variants with capacity between 8 and 64 gigabytes are likely coming, judging by what some retailers have listed in their databases. But then again, those entries that have leaked could be just placeholders, so some of the variants might not exist. We'll find out what the truth is in a few days.

Just recently, a photo of a battery cell supposedly made for the iPad mini surfaced on the web. Rated at 4490mAh / 16.7Wh, it had about three times the energy capacity of an iPhone 5 battery. Still, these figures alone aren't sufficient to predict just what kind of battery life we might expect out of the tablet since there are other factors into play, such as energy consumption. But since all tablets that Apple has released so far have managed to provide about 10 hours of continuous usage, we'd expect the iPad mini to be well capable of lasting through a day of moderate use.


Software

There is no doubt that the iPad mini will run iOS 6, which is the latest version of Apple's mobile platform. And for better or for worse, it will come with Apple's own Maps application, which isn't quite perfect, as many have already discovered, but it is still not as bad as the memes suggest. At a glance, the latest release of the platform doesn't look much different from previous versions as it retains the simple, minimalist interface. However, there are more than a few notable improvements and new features that one has to take into account, such as the deep Facebook integration, the new Passcode app that collects  your boarding passes, store cards and the likes, while Siri is now competent on a broader range of topics. Check out our iOS 6 feature overview for more details.

iOS 6 comes with many new features, such as Apple Maps, Facebook integration, and more
iOS 6 comes with many new features, such as Apple Maps, Facebook integration, and more
iOS 6 comes with many new features, such as Apple Maps, Facebook integration, and more

iOS 6 comes with many new features, such as Apple Maps, Facebook integration, and more


 
Price and availability

Since Apple is known for launching its products fairly quickly after announcing them, the iPad mini will most probably be released in the U.S. and other key markets in early November, followed by a wider international rollout soon after. Pre-orders might go live only days, if not hours after the October 23 event, and you can bet that the iPad mini will be one of the hottest gifts this Holiday season... if priced reasonably, of course.

Speaking of pricing, it is hard to imagine Apple's new tablet being exactly as affordable as the popular 7-inchers like the Google Nexus 7 or the Amazon Kindle Fire HD. In fact, the cheaper variant might go for at least $299 according to some analysts, unless Apple decides to sacrifice profit margins in favor of making the iPad mini more affordable. Still, keep in mind that the price of the device is anyone's guess and it won't be known with certainty until next Tuesday. Stay tuned for the event as we'll be reporting all about it!




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posted on 17 Oct 2012, 05:46 3

1. MeoCao (unregistered)


if Apple sells 8GB model for 250 bucks as rumored then that will be a threat to N7 but I highly doubt it. So far nothing beats N7.

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 05:55 2

5. sheik (Posts: 249; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


Nope, the coming $99 N7 will be the real threat to iP M. Considering the fact that 32 GB N 7 will have the same price of 16 GB variant, i hope iP M sales wont hinder the N 7 sales....

posted on 22 Oct 2012, 03:01 1

20. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1067; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


it wont be a threat to N7 as the Android users love android, its not only about the hardware but the software.
And as far as Apple goes they're so full of it that they probably will never sell even an 8GB model for anything less than 300 - 350 bucks...I am counting on it!

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 05:48 2

2. raunak (Posts: 504; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)


that its a big ipod and its going to sell very well

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 05:52 8

3. wendygarett (unregistered)


I dunno why but, why am i started to feel that its getting boring and boring, I just don't know why...

posted on 22 Oct 2012, 01:26 5

17. arsenaljimenez (Posts: 138; Member since: 03 May 2012)


Nothing about apple is exciting anymore, what do you really need to know about this? nothing
just an overgrown ipod touch.

posted on 22 Oct 2012, 05:09

24. someones4 (Posts: 619; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)


Apple copied every other OEM on earth

posted on 22 Oct 2012, 01:31 2

18. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2437; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


wendy? did you get banned again? lol

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 05:53 2

4. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4000; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


A6 CPU with SGX543MP4 + $300 for 16 GB WiFi version = success. Though, Apple wants to maximize profits, so it'll either be at least $400 or it will have a less powerful chip. Who needs that much power anyways, eh? It's just iOS, nothing too special.

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 06:12

6. No_Nonsense (Posts: 826; Member since: 17 Aug 2012)


In other words "What we don't know: Nothing, except availability."

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 06:16

7. iDroid8 (Posts: 155; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)


8GB and then stright to 64GB?
thats questionable.........
i wud hav liked some 16/32GB flavours as well

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 06:26

8. sheik (Posts: 249; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


That says "between 8 and 64 GB", which means 16/32 GB are included....

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 21:53

16. iDroid8 (Posts: 155; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)


did nt see dat.......
anyways if i go fr this, it will be 16/32 gigs only
:D

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 06:37 2

9. mxion (Posts: 33; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


make way for the king, apple products are the best you'll see how they sale they're loved so fantastic!

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 14:26

11. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


just because they sell don't mean there ''loved''

people follow the crowd just buy these things to feel like there in some way ''cool'' bet if you ask someone with an ipad anything about the specs or even is it 16gb they wouldnt know.

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 18:31 1

12. E.N. (Posts: 2280; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


if you asked an android user that's not on this website, you'd get the same response. I can't beleive some of you really believe having an Android user makes you smarter.

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 21:21 1

13. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


i didnt say makes you smarter, but the general android user knows enough to pick a phone with some degree of tech knowledge. and as there are numerous different devices at each price range when picking android they will compare and decide whats best for the price (in general)

as for iphones users its more what iphone can i afford, why do you want one because its an iphone. ive heard this so many times. you ask the general iphone user why they chose it and there stumped.

and as you like to generalise my points stand.
whatever way you try to dress it up apple products are more a social statement, a trend the ''look at me'' device

no phone will make you smarter, but the tech savy will look elswhere

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 23:57

14. E.N. (Posts: 2280; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


That's once again false. A ton of Android users don't know crap about their phones, sometimes it's kind of sad. It's pretty much the same on both sides. Why do you think phones like the SGIII are doing so well and phones like the EVO are doing poorly. It's all about advertising! A large percentage of smartphone users only use their phones for pictures, Internet, tex/calling. A lot of Android users don't even use widgets. If you ask around what processor the SIII is running, the average Android wouldn't know. I bet more people know how much memory is their iPhones than Android users do in their phone since the first question they're probably asked is 16,32, or 64 gig and in which color. I bet more people know about the A6 processor than they do Snapdragon/Exynos

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 07:16

15. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


again the word generalising is key, no one can speak for every individual user so you have to sum up the majority. plus your going from the subject

marketing is the only thing apple are leading in right now, they can make an average device look the best and millions mindlessly buy it on there words.

''I bet more people know how much memory is their iPhones than Android users do in their phone since the first question they're probably asked is 16,32, or 64 gig and in which color. I bet more people know about the A6 processor than they do Snapdragon/Exynos''

so basically you have gone from tryin to act all nautral saying both sides are the same to sayin iphone users know more about there phone then android users...nice way to take sides

just face it , most that buy the high end android phones will more then likely have looked at specs and whats on offer to decide whats best for them............iphone well that sells just because its an iphone go ask those with iphones why they bought them most will look at you and just say 'its the newest iphone' thats there basis on buying it.

posted on 22 Oct 2012, 01:51 1

19. PowTheBowl (Posts: 82; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


The Samsung Galaxy S3's specs are written on the box! Apple didn't even tell how much Ghz or how many cores there are in an A6 chip.

posted on 22 Oct 2012, 05:18

25. THE-DARK-KNIGHT (banned) (Posts: 18; Member since: 21 Oct 2012)


That's because apple doesn't want the average customer to get bothered. All you should know is that it will be fast all the time and will give you great gaming and that it is perfect for everything and anything.

posted on 22 Oct 2012, 03:35

21. Topcat488 (Posts: 1141; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


My only answer to this is to tell the iphone user that yes, this is the line for Apps. ;)

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 06:39

10. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


i like the size of 7.7 like galaxy tab and this rumored iPad mini's 7.85 coz its not too big, not too small... very good for students!

posted on 22 Oct 2012, 04:49

22. app_droid_soft (Posts: 42; Member since: 09 Sep 2012)


no goopad this time :(

posted on 22 Oct 2012, 05:07

23. someones4 (Posts: 619; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)


It's just a smaller iPad. period
i can already imagine the unveiling.
Tim cook: we managed to make a 7 inch iPad after 5 years. behold!

posted on 22 Oct 2012, 10:37

26. PhoneCritic (Posts: 357; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


My only concern is that Apple does not make the statement that they created a revolution in the tablet market by introducing a new 7 inch iPad. This will only show their sheer arrogance and their out of touch with reality due to the distortion field. And "plain blatant copying of Amazon and Google" since they (the late Steve Jobs) said there was no better size then the current 9 inch tablet size. if that is the case then in my mind Apple is truly indeed following his (SJ) motto " Good artists copy Great artists steal" ( not that I had any doubts but this would be the nail in the coffin)

posted on 22 Oct 2012, 18:46

27. someones4 (Posts: 619; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)


Don't worry. They always make that statement.

posted on 22 Oct 2012, 19:00

28. icy4phones (Posts: 2; Member since: 22 Oct 2012)


They also pretty much said they made the tablet, which they didn't. First tablet was introduced in 2002 called the Microsoft Tablet PC. They just marketed their tablet and yeah, now a lot of people think they were the makers of it, which is sad. Lol. So yeah expect them to be, "We decided we should be innovative and creative and so not steal anyone elses idea again and come out with a smaller version of our current tablet!"

Relevant: On youtube put this at end of link v=MI99t9k4aEE. Enjoy!

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