Apple's smaller iPad to actually be called the iPad Mini indeed, speculation mounts

Apple's smaller iPad to actually be called the iPad Mini indeed, speculation mounts
We've been referring to the smaller, more affordable tablet expected from Apple this fall, as the iPad Mini, for the sake of convenience, but it could very well be something else.

From the eminent Japanese Apple-centric blog Macotakara now comes the confirmation that Apple could very well call its 7.85" sub-$300 tablet the iPad mini indeed. Sources for the claim are supply chain players from Asia.

Apple went off its way to name the third generation iPad something different instead if the iPad 3, as most of the blogosphere was using before the actual announcement, because Phil Schiller said they wanted to keep the surprise factor, so it got named simply the new iPad.

The iPad logo will be printed on the back of this mini, as anyone could've easily guessed, but the source mentions that the new iPad will also be getting the 8-pin dock connector from the iPhone 5 and the iPad mini, at least the version that Japanese carriers intend to offer. The iPad mini is expected to be announced at the annual October iTunes event of Apple, whereas the next iPhone we are going to see at the dedicated September 12 event.

Thumb image courtesy of Chiccarese Design

source: Macotakara

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27 Comments

1. TheLibertine

Posts: 484; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

A relief for those who can not afford a big iPad, a bitter disappointment for hardcore Apple fans (those who really believe in the companies one-fits-all-philosophy). As I am neither, I don't really care. Should raise the iPad market share even further from staggering seventy percent.

7. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

And once again, bold Apple follows the trend instead of setting it...

15. sithvenger

Posts: 371; Member since: Aug 25, 2012

Every one follows in some way. Remember a good leader is also a good follower.

10. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

one-fits-all-philosophy is bulls**t. Its like saying everyone like to have oats for breakfast.

11. MeoCao unregistered

one-fits-all approach is to maximize Apple's profits, and not about users.

2. ekia007

Posts: 61; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

300? no way

23. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

maybe with specs similar to the Ipad 2, and only 8GB of memory, I could see it.

3. Smart

Posts: 76; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

"We've been referring to the smaller, more affordable tablet expected from Apple this fall, as the iPad Mini, for the sake of convenience, but it could very well have be something else." RIP English.......

5. Daniel.P

Posts: 127; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

Fixed, thanks

9. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

This site need a Proof Reader!!!

13. TheLibertine

Posts: 484; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

U R Smart!

16. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

My feeble attempt at sarcasm...

4. residualhatred

Posts: 25; Member since: May 28, 2012

Apple has enough confidence in themselves to sell a 7.85 inch tablet at about $300, whereas most companies are selling their 7 inch tablets at around $200. Im going to have plenty of tablets to choose from come Xmas.

21. smallcolabear

Posts: 82; Member since: Feb 18, 2012

Samsung has their i800 galaxy 7 inch at around 400.00. The new Samsung 7.7 is 550.00. Xyboard 8.2 is 430.00. No these prices come with a cell network were they would probably be 100.00 less without it. The Kindle is 200.00 The Levano idea pad is 250.00, the playbook just been lowered to 200.00, the Nook tablet is 250.00 There are tons of tablets that are priced around 200.00 but some of them I would never consider I guess.

6. MeoCao unregistered

$300 iPad (even mini) from Apple, and pigs fly...

8. shadowcell

Posts: 300; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

Damn you Austin Powers!

12. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Sorry, but ipad mini still sounds like a feminine hygiene product... Better than ipod maxi or something...

20. SteveWozzENIAC

Posts: 16; Member since: Aug 27, 2012

LOL ! Jenny " Mom bring me some ipad...the mini one from the market "

14. JessJess unregistered

A good a name as any I guess. I look forward to seeing it. September is going to be a busy month, and we now have October to look forward to.

17. SteveWozzENIAC

Posts: 16; Member since: Aug 27, 2012

what do you think about the price ? An iPad Mini with 3G on board.

18. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

Price point still too high...

19. SteveWozzENIAC

Posts: 16; Member since: Aug 27, 2012

300 USD (CND) as well is fine i guess.. PS: Talking about the 3G model...

22. kcombs

Posts: 275; Member since: Dec 15, 2010

You would think apple would want to fill the smart phone market with multiple size smart phones, not iPads. And before you bash, .05 is not a huge difference in size. (referring to the new iPhone)

24. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Agreed. Instead of doing the slight, slight upgrade to 4", I think they should have marketed the classic size, then a bigger one, say 4.5-4.7 inch, for those that want a bigger screen. The differecne between 3.5 and 4 is minimal, 3.5 and 4.7, now that's a big difference.

25. jjackielz

Posts: 10; Member since: Apr 01, 2012

Im sick with iOS UI. i think ipad-mini will be same specs as the ipad 2 with just different display.

26. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

i dont think if iPad mini will boom like iPad... 8gb of memory no back camera... i dont thinks so... but if apple will make something to make iPad mini to be love by people like 10gb and front and back bamera at 5mp will be a good deal at starting price $250.. and the $300 variant will be 20gb... if they will go 8gb, i dont think that it will sell like hotcakes like the iPad and the nexus.. and if this is true, what about the iPod touch? the 8gb version starts at $200.. so i think if they dont follow the memory pattern of the nexus 7 or its iPod and make 10gb version instead, it will have a market in 7" tablets... but we will never know.. this is apple we are talking about.. the company that is worth a trillion dollar... if microsoft will truely price the surface RT at $199, then my money goes to surface...

27. tmcr7

Posts: 180; Member since: Nov 02, 2011

Wow! So innovative! That was like the Galaxy Tab 2 years ago.

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