A supposed leaked plastic mold of the iPad Mini in comparison to the current iPad. (Photo : GottaBeMobile)
Smaller, budget tablets are making a dent in Apple's tablet dominance. In an effort to give consumers what they want, and competition what they don't want, Apple will be unveiling the iPad Mini on September 12, according to recent reports. With a release date possibly not too far off from the announcement date, here's what to most likely expect from the iPad Mini.
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The iPad Mini will come with a 7.85-inch IGZO display from Sharp that should push out 330 pixels per inch (ppi), according to Wired. This would make it even sharper than the Retina display in the new iPad that runs at 264 ppi.
The smaller size will also allow the tablet to be priced in a cheaper range than the normal iPad. The Amazon Kindle Fire and the Google Nexus 7 tablet both start at $199. A smaller, cheaper iPad would help Apple attract the customers lost to these more portable, affordable options. The iPad Mini is expected to be priced between $200 and $300.
Leaked "engineering samples" online show that the iPad Mini will most likely use a 19-pin dock connector. The 19-pin dock connecter is also expected to replace the 30-pin connecter. The iPhone 5 is another Apple device that will also sport the redesign.
The iPad Mini will also run the latest version of Apple's iOS. Apple plans on releasing the iOS 6 sometime this fall. This will give iPad Mini users access to all of their Apple Cloud files and easy interactivity with other devices running iOS or even the new OS X Mountain Lion.
One thing is for sure, Apple's tablet will attract a lot of attention, and will almost certainly outsell any of the existing competition thanks to its brand popularity.
"The fact Google's 7-inch tablet has done so well since its [release] earlier this month only ups the odds Apple will respond. And if, as rumored, Apple does launch a compact version of its iPad tablet computer, it will almost certainly crush Google's Nexus 7," writes Forbes analyst Brian Caulfield.