While all of the hype is around the iPad Mini, it’s important to note that there is another new iPad showing up this week.
What will it be called? Your guess is as good as mine, but the iPad 3S wouldn’t be a terrible idea.
Apple is expected to reveal its new iPad Mini this week at a special media event scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 10 a.m. Pacific Time in San Francisco. The smaller 7.85-inch tablet will be great for avid e-book readers, commuters and first-time tablet buyers, as it will come at a discounted price, below the current $499 starting price for a New iPad with Retina display.
But Apple is also planning on (according to rumors at least) releasing an updated version of its full-sized iPad. It would likely include a faster processor and Apple’s new Lightning connector, as Apple plans on updating all of its iOS devices to take advantage of the new connector.
Prices would stay the same on this updated 9.7-inch Retina display iPad, starting at $499 for a WiFi 16GB and working its way up to $829 for a 64GB WiFi + 4G LTE model.
The tweaked iPad could possibly include the same A6 processor that’s found in the iPhone 5.
That could upset some early adapters of the New iPad (iPad 3) who purchased their new tablet only seven months ago. Apple tends to update its products every year, but this would be a quicker transition. It would give new tablet buyers another option for the coming holiday season, however.
If you just bought a new iPad and want the updated version, you do have 14 days to return it without any questions asked.
Apple might surprise us with something new with this iPad, so it’s more of an upgrade, instead of just adding a Lightning connector. Maybe they’ll take the idea I came up with the iPad Mini and release a Smart Cover-esque screen cover that would allow it to easily be read in the sun?
We’ll find out Tuesday.