Against a backdrop of smaller tablets making significant inroads into the market over the last year, rumours persist that Apple’s much-anticipated iPad Mini is to be announced in the next few weeks.
If the hype (of which there is plenty) is true, why have Apple waited to announce the new tablet, bucking their own trend of announcing several new product lines at once, keeping the tablet apart from the new iPhone and iPod Nano? Perhaps it is due to the complexities of production and logistics for a new product, where delays can frequently arise.
Or perhaps a separate release gives Apple the chance to keep the new tablet in the limelight, rather than proving a sideshow to the launch of the iPhone 5. It could also be a ploy to maximise its pre-Christmas impact in a market recently invigorated by tablet offerings from Samsung (Galaxy note, Slate), Microsoft’s Surface Tablet, Google’s Nexus 7 and the Amazon Kindle Fire. The price point of around £175-200 seems well placed to compete with Apple’s rivals, too.
What’s in store for the user? Recent leaks about the iPad Mini’s specs reveal that we can expect a 7.85-inch touchscreen with a 1024×768 resolution, making it more straightforward to port apps to the new platform. Apple’s aim for their tablets is a battery life of around 10 hours, which could be a tall order with such small hardware. 3G support and twin speakers are likely to be included with the iPad Mini, alongside the usual array of iPad features such as front 7 back cameras and the current iPad dual core A5 chipset. iOS 6 will be doing the driving, though you may want to rely on a alternative navigator to the infamous onboard map app…
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