The Internet is buzzing excitedly with rumors regarding the mysterious “iPad Mini”. According to MacRumors, who references a sketchy report from Philip Elmer-Dewitt at Apple 2.0, Apple might be sending out invitations on October 10, 2012 to a major media event. Based on historical Apple timeline data, the said media event will take place approximately one week later and the iPad Mini will be introduced to the world. Fortune is reporting that the iPad Mini could be available to the general public as early as November 2, 2012. Dewitt went on to say that this is a “rumor we have no reason to believe” except for the fact it came from a major Apple investor who still remains unknown to the general public.
Here’s what Dewitt had to say:
According to our source, who asked not be named, there appears to be some truth to the widespread rumors that Apple is preparing to launch a smaller and cheaper version of the iPad — often called the iPad mini or iPad air and usually described as having a 7.85-inch screen. What our source adds is the specificity of a date: The press, he says, can expect invitations to go out on Oct. 10.
I’m thinking it makes more sense for Apple to hold two events. First, an iPhone event, focused solely on the new iPhone and iOS 6. Then, the iPhone ships nine days later, and there’s another wave of iPhone-focused attention as the reviews come out. Then, in the first or second week of October, Apple holds its traditional “music event”, exactly along the lines of the events at which they’ve been debuting new iPods for the last decade.
Lastly, AllThingsD backed up the iPad mini October 2012 introduction. Here’s what they had to say:
Apple’s next generation iPhone and its so-called “iPad mini” will debut at two separate events this fall, rather than a single one as has been widely speculated, according to several sources. [...]
Only after the next generation iPhone is out the door and on sale will Apple announce the smaller iPad it’s been working on. That device, which is expected to have a display of less than eight inches, will be uncrated at a second special event, which sources said is currently scheduled for October.
The Japanese blog Macotakara has also reported that Apple’s assembly partner Foxconn has started working on the iPad mini in Brazil. What’s even more interesting is that Macotakara’s sources have said the iPad Mini doesn’t have a hole near the center of the device’s rear shell which would mean no microphone. This was a feature seen on design drawings that have been leaked over the past couple of months.
Leaked iPad Mini images show a smaller iPad with a thicker profile. The photos didn’t give any hints as to size, but sources are saying the display is expected to measure just under 8 inches.
When it comes to the iPad Mini, there are more questions than answers. Despite the Internet hype, there aren’t many “facts” we can go on as 100% correct. All we can do is wait and see what Apple does on October 10, 2012. What features do you want to see on the iPad Mini? Let us know in the comments below.
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