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?