Apple's iPad Mini gets a mock up
16 Aug 2012
Tablet set to resemble a large iPod touch
It hasn't been confirmed for launch. In fact, it hasn't even been confirmed as existing right now. But that hasn't stopped the 9to5Mac site from producing a mock up of the iPad Mini based on all the information and speculation that's out in the public arena.
The overriding theme from most of the leaks and speculation is that the iPad Mini will resemble a 'big iPod touch', which is what you see in the image here, alongside the current iPad and iPhone.
That means smaller bezels along the sides in portrait mode and separate volume buttons, rather than a 'rocker' and a mic, on the back. It will also be a similar shape/size to the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire, its obvious competition, but with a larger 4:3 display. That lack of bezel will make clutching the device more difficult, so expect to hold it from the back, not unlike how you hold a phone.
The iPad Mini is also expected to have a front-facing lens for video conferencing, but it's not clear whether it will feature a camera on the back. To keep the costs down, it might not be there. Talking of keeping costs down, the entry-level iPad Mini might come as Wi-Fi only.
Launch-wise, it is believed to be coming after the iPhone 5, purely to facilitate production, landing in time for the Christmas rush around November. Trust us, there will be a rush for this if Apple gets the pricing right. $299 (£190) is the rumoured US price, with some sources suggesting it could be available for as little as $200 (£128). If that translates to an equivalent UK price, it will fly out over the festive season.