iPad Mini has been one of the most eagerly awaited devices that Apple is rumored to introduce to cater to its small size low cost tablet customers. Though there has been no official announcement, several unconfirmed reports are in circulation and rumors of its release are quite strong. Since its launch two years back, the iPad has been the market leader among tablets, but gradually the budget tablets such as Google Nexus 7, Amazon Kindle Fire and Nook HD have also caught the fancy of the users. The smaller version of iPad is expected to counter them and find favor for educational as well as gaming use.
According to the predictions, the iPad Mini will be coming with a display screen size of 7.85 inch. This is much smaller than the usual 9.7 inch display of the other Apple tablets, but ideal for competing with the likes of the 7 inch Kindle and 7 inch version of Samsung Galaxy Tab 3. Moreover, it might have 16:9 display, and LG Display Co., and AU Optronics are reportedly working on designing the screen. Besides size, low cost is the feature that is said to be among the main attractions of the gadget although Apple is quite noted for extravagant offerings. Being specifically aimed at the tablet market’s lower end, the iPad Mini is expected to be priced in the price range of $250 and $300. However, it is also rumored to be the only small size tablet having a cellular data connection, and the data-enabled Mini might cost up to $450. A 3G/4G support that is also being expected by some observers might push the price even higher for the supported versions.
Owing to the low cost, the device might be made available with an internal storage of only 8GB, just like its tentative competitors. However, some reports claim that it will come in 64GB, 32GB, 16GB and 8GB versions. The body of the tab might be 7.2mm thick and the leaked images of the casing components show it to have an iPhone5 like finish, with a thin black anodized aluminum sheet. The battery of iPad Mini is speculated to be quite decent-sized with a 10 hour life. Dual cameras and two speakers are the other expected features. As far as the software is concerned, the tablet might be using iOS 6, and the Processor used can be dual core A5.
Apple’s technological expertise and budgeted price is an irresistible combination that has customers waiting eagerly for the mini iPad to hit the stores.