Educated guess mockups portray the iPad Mini as an Apple tablet at heart, stuffed into an iPod touch-thin body

Educated guess mockups portray the iPad Mini as an Apple tablet at heart, stuffed into an iPod touch-thin body
As slim as an iPod touch and with minimum bezel, but as fully-functional as the new iPad - that's what the latest ruminations on the matter claim practical about the upcoming iPad Mini, and add some value trying to envision it in mockups.

We've been hearing this "iPod touch-thin" mantra for a while now, even got a 7.3" number from supply chain sources, and this surely is a way for a tablet with 7.85" 1024x768 pixels screen to stand out against other 7-inchers like the Google Nexus 7 with its higher pixel density. It is also very likely to be lighter than the Kindle Fire and Nexus 7, and utilize way less bezel on the sides.

A few publications yesterday speculated on the matter and even had a few mockups drawn quickly to show what this large-iPod-touch-but-iPad-at-heart affordable tablet from Apple might look like in the end. We won't go into details on their logic, but instead you can see the final results from these intellectual efforts to imagine what an iPad Mini might look like in the slideshow below. We are also adding all the cases, chassis and schematics claimed ot be of the affordable Apple tablet we've managed to unearth and post so far for a clearer comparison.

A design that's lighter and more compact than the Android 7-inchers, but with a screen size that is closer to the 8" mark, taking full advantage of the many thousands of tablet apps for iOS can certainly make an eventual iPad Mini stand out in a big way, especially if the rumored $200-$300 price range, depending on the sources, pans out. What do you think?


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12 Comments

1. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Haha, more like iPod touch in an iPad body, not the other way around...That would cost too much to be priced competitively.

9. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Yup. They should call it the iPod Touch XL.

2. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

not interested, i'm more interested with The New iPhone

3. WakaFlakaD

Posts: 575; Member since: Apr 30, 2011

New iPhone and the smaller iPad. I can't wait!

4. Reverence

Posts: 224; Member since: Jul 16, 2012

Looks good....i have no prob with apple's hardware and design...i only hate their UI

5. Peter98

Posts: 119; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

In my opinion, this year will be Apple largest launch of iOS Device compare to years before :D Everyone's were right! Competition really make something improve and improve.

6. tedkord

Posts: 17094; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Educated guess? Really? Take an iPad, stick it on a copier, set for 70% and press copy. Done.

7. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

299 would be a good price...

8. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2118; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

The Ipad Nano (Mini) will be priced at $299. No need to sacrifice margin to compete against the Kindle Fire and Nexus 7. Thus Amazon is not making any money on the tablet as well Google. Apple doesn't believe that is a good business model to reduce the cost of your product to sacrifice margin and revenue. Apple isn't desperate for market share. Companies, like Samsung, Amazon, and HTC will make this move to preserve market share.

10. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Interesting how there has been relatively few leaks about the specs for the device. Chipset? Screen resolution? The iWorld waits with baited breath.

11. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 960; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

There won't be any real leaks (lots of fake leaks) about the hardware. In fact, the whole idea about the ipad mini are based solely on rumors and guesses.

12. JessJess unregistered

I don't like et. The outer band on the side is far too thin. Price is the main thing though, not the design etc. What will it cost, that's going to be the deciding factor more than anything.

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