Industry sources recently claimed the much anticipated “iPad mini” of Apple is likely to be a Wi-Fi only device, which means it is not capable of 3G or 4G Internet connectivity. It also denotes that Apple is indeed keen on moving into the 7-inch tablet market.
Apple however, would also be launching a new version of its existing iPad with the latest lightning connector and a 4G-Internet feature. According to All Things D, the official unveiling is set on October 23rd. Industry sources further disclosed that the revised 10-inch iPad model will also be compatible with UK’s Everything Everywhere’s 1800MHz network.
Preceding rumors have said Apple is now eyeing to make a target switch on tablet market. Aiming for the lower-priced end, the iPhone-maker is expected to offer smaller versions of its patented devices. And as a starter, it will be releasing a smaller version of its 9.7-inch iPad, which will be called the “iPad mini,” to roll out before the year ends.
The iPad mini is thought to debut anywhere between October and November of this year, but Apple has not yet confirmed the exact date for its official release. It is expected to come out with a 7.8-inch screen, to contend with other 7-inch tablet entrants, particularly Google’s Nexus 7 and Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD tablets.
Retail sources have predicted a number of new products to launch this November, including Apple’s latest iPad version.
Last Tuesday, Apple products’ case designer, Knomo said cases for the new iPad mini will soon be out. However, no launch invitations have been disseminated so far. Apple usually sends out invitations to special events a week in advance (at least).
Meanwhile, pictures of the anticipated Apple mini tablet are percolating online these days.
Sonny Dickson, an Aussie writer on Tuesday has tweeted photos of what he claimed was Apple’s latest tablet. Leaked images show a squared-off gadget, almost half the size of a standard iPad, with a lightning dock connector similar to that of the newly released iPhone 5.
But according to Mike Cane, author of Mike Cane’s xBlog, the tweeted photos are not real, given the FFC identity code on its back.
Initially presented with Apple’s iPhone 5, the new eight-pin connector is not attuned with the existing connectors generally used on millions of iPods, iPhones, and iPad devices, including accessories.
Launching Apple’s iPad mini without 3G capability would keep its price low, allowing the firm to rate the gadget in line with the other 7-inch rivals. If the device is launched, Apple could sell as many as 10 million iPad minis by the end of 2012, according to estimates by some analysts.
Forecasted market value of the base version of any iPad mini should not exceed $250, given Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire are both priced at around $200 in the United States. According to leading analysts, such low cost would not damage its chance of marketing.
Apple has been ruling the tablet market since the first iPad’s release in April 2010, and maintains that lead to date. Nevertheless, Apple’s dominance is now being compromised as stiff rivals Amazon, Samsung and Google have started exploiting on a so-called “price umbrella” at the 7-inch form feature.