Some things never die. Especially rumors about the iPad Mini.
Here’s the latest: Apple will release a smaller version of its popular tablet – let’s call it the iPad Mini – that will feature a 7-inch screen and a $250 price tag. It will be a direct competitors against not only Amazon’s Kindle Fire, but also Google’s new tablet, the Nexus 7.
Wired reports that the iPad Mini will feature a 330 ppi, 7.85-inch IGZO display manufactured by Sharp. The source? “Various Analysts” at a Chinese language site called MyDrivers.com.
That sounds sketchier than downtown Detroit nightclub.
Apparently IGZO is a new display fabricating technique that can make displays even thinner and higher in contract – all while using less power.
What will make most people happy who are currently iPad-less is its $250 price tag. While the Kindle Fire and Nexus 7 both start at $200, Apple is confident it can charge an extra $50 and still beat out the two competitors.
How realistic is an iPad Mini? Pretty realistic. When Apple CEO Tim Cook was asked about the possibility of a smaller iPad at the Wall Street Journal’s All Things Digital Conference this year, he simply laughed and smiled, not giving a yes or no answer.
Supply issues could be a problem. Cult of Mac reports that Sharp can’t make the screens fast enough for the device’s rumored October release. Sharp, however, has recently teamed up with Foxconn, Apple’s main Chinese manufacturer of the iPhone and iPad, to help manufacture more screens.
As mentioned in a previous post, Apple likes releasing products in three, so the iPad Mini would fall right in line with an iPhone 5 release and an updated iMac release. Apple’s next-generation operating system for the iPhone and iPad will also be competed at the time of release, likely making the iPad Mini the most dominant small tablet on the market.