Apple iPad mini to be Wi-Fi only; refresh coming for current iPad

Apple iPad mini to be Wi-Fi only; refresh coming for current iPad
Sources for U.K. paper The Guardian are telling the publication that Apple will soon be introducing the 7.85 inch Apple iPad mini, which is confirmed from some U.K. retailers saying that they expect the smaller-sized iPad to hit stores in November. While Apple has yet to confirm that such a device exists, it has always been assumed that the Apple iPad mini was created to go up against the devices in the new 7 inch low price tablet category that was created with last November's launch of the Amazon Kindle Fire. Amazon initially sold the unit for $199 and recently was challenged by the $199 8GB version of the 7 inch Google Nexus 7. Amazon now has a low price Kindle Fire 2 for $159 and a better spec'd Amazon Kindle Fire HD priced at $199. For its part, a $99 Google Nexus 7 is expected this December.

The new lightning connector on top with the older cable on the bottom

The new lightning connector on top with the older cable on the bottom

Among that pile up, the Apple iPad mini is expected to come to market with its 7.85 inch screen and quite possibly a price tag in the $250 region. To keep production costs low, those inside the industry say that Apple is supposedly keeping the iPad mini as a Wi-Fi only device and will keep 3G/4G connectivity for the higher priced full-size Apple iPad model. While there is talk that the invitations for the event that will out the Apple iPad mini will go out on Wednesday, there also is speculation that one of the factories assembling the tablet had to take a break due to a last minute design change.

The Guardian also has some inside information on a refresh for the third generation of the Apple iPad. Sources say that the tablet will be revised to support U.K. 4G through Everything Everywhere's 1800MHz network – and from next September with Three. Additionally, the refreshed version of the third generation iPad will have a dock on the bottom for the smaller digital lightning cable instead of the 30 pin cable and dock that had been used on Apple's mobile devices since the OG Apple iPhone. There is no word on whether the refresh will be only for units headed to the U.K. for sale.

source: TheGuardian via RedmondPie

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23 Comments

1. e.wvu unregistered

It'll be more like $299. No way will Apple would price their "premium" devices anything below that amount.

2. stealthd unregistered

More like $349 or $399. $299 would be the same price as the new iPod touch, wouldn't make much sense.

10. vader11

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Exactly! My guess would be $349 to $399 or even $449. I wonder who will buy the ipod touch with that price...

3. Izzy_V

Posts: 216; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

I would've put the estimate at no less than $350 because of the price of the newest ipod touch. Apple knows that it doesn't really need to price its product too competitively because of the mass following of sheepple it has. Edit: Damn you stealth lol.

4. wumberpeb

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 14, 2011

Definitely smart going WiFi only. However, the more Apple devices they create, the more I see of iOS, the more boring it becomes. The same look to the operating system on almost every device across your entire product lineup for 5 years? I would guess even Apple fans might get bored of looking at the same thing every time... Its just NOT my thing, so to each their own. But yea, WiFi is all anyone cares about on a tablet anyways

16. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Nope. Some feel happy at bbeing given Aluminium and glass. Apple is more about STYLE than SUBSTANCE .... :)

5. cretinick

Posts: 148; Member since: Jan 25, 2011

It's complicated... Small Tablets, are more portable than those of original size. Therefore, it would be more interesting to have 3G/4G connectivity in smaller tablets than in larger Tablets (Which, around me, are mostly used indoors). But, who uses Tablets, hardly don't have a smartphone. So, It's much better just having the 3G/4G cellular, and only pay a data contract. In any of the Tablet size cases... But I do not use Tablets, so I have no way to define the needs of use.

13. PhoneLuver

Posts: 481; Member since: Jul 05, 2010

I agree. The smaller they are, the more portable they are, hence the need for 3G/4G! I see tons of women with Galaxy Tabs or Kindles in their handbags. Also, the OS is BOOOOOOOOORING!

6. BadAssAbe

Posts: 506; Member since: Apr 22, 2011

iPad mini same specs as the nexus give or take a few parts Charge a 150 more Apple Over charging the uninformed since the first iPhone

11. Hemlocke unregistered

Is that why the Note 10.1 costs the same as the iPad, but costs less to build? Same with the SGS3 and GNote II, compared to the iPhone 5?

12. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

you really think a lambourgini cost 100.00 to build right? or a Coach purse really cost 500.00 to make?.. is called brand recognition

17. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Lamborgini = Substance + Style. Apple = Style (so substabce missing). If it was for Substance + Style we would have seen better Maps, better camera (not the one with purple crap) on IP5. Apple products remind me of a Indian car -- Ambassador which has remained the same since last 50 years (maybe more) ... just growing a bit in size here and there and some cosmetic changes nwith a new model name/number.

19. BadAssAbe

Posts: 506; Member since: Apr 22, 2011

Price 4.8in screen =4 in screen? 4 cores = 2 cores? big battery = small battery? not to mentioned GS3 other features but seems legit LOL

7. phil2n

Posts: 519; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

$149 and below i will buy even if i hate it

8. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

I honestly think this will debut with the next iPad in 2013 (if the rumors are true).

20. infinitemethod

Posts: 151; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

Hahaha! Who would want one of these? These cannot possibly sell well.

21. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

it should turn to be true!!

22. alan_1230

Posts: 86; Member since: Apr 22, 2012

if its 250-300 i will buy one i dont need a data contract or 4g on it wifi is perfect for at home .

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