iPad Mini Release Date: New Leaked Photos Hint Apple May Launch iPad Mini at iPhone 5 Sept. 12 Event
Apple's press conference is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 12, where many believe that Apple will announce their highly anticipated iPhone 5.
Many reports first suggested that Apple will also unveil their new iPad Mini.
New leaked photos released the day before might give a hint that Apple might just unveil the new little tablet, even though new reports are saying October.
According to VentureBeat, a French site called NowhereElse released photos that look like the iPad Mini.
The French site claims the photos originally appeared on Chinese blog DGtle, but there are no recent posts from the past few days showing the same photos. This suggests that DGtle took the photos down after publishing them or NowhereElse is misleading its readers about the source of the photos. Either way, the photos look like what previous rumors suggested. [SEE PHOTOS HERE]
Many reports suggest that Apple will unveil the iPad Mini at a separate event.
According to Tech Crunch, well-connected and professional Apple dot-connector John Gruber said that there will be two separate events.
"I'm thinking it makes more sense for Apple to hold two events. First, an iPhone event, focused solely on the new iPhone and iOS 6. Then, the iPhone ships nine days later, and there's another wave of iPhone-focused attention as the reviews come out. Then, in the first or second week of October, Apple holds its traditional "music event", exactly along the lines of the events at which they've been debuting new iPods for the last decade," Gruber said.
Gizmodo reported that Gruber traditionally has been spot on when it comes to Apple things.
TechCrunch reported that there is no real reason Apple should have the two devices "crowd each other."
Another report indicated that Apple is planning to hold a second media event at which it will unveil a smaller iPad with a 7.85-inch display. Joining the so-called "iPad mini" in October, according to Ming-Chi Kuo with KGI Securities, will be a new iPod nano, a "modified new iPad," and a new 27-inch iMac.
As for the iPad Mini, Reports say that the new little iPad will feature a 7.85-inch IGZO display with 330 pixels/inch, 1024 x 768 resolution. It will be more affordable. It is also assumed that the new tablet will feature Apple's upcoming operating system, iO6, which includes a new, Google-free Maps app, and Passbook, and promises better Facebook integration, better maps, and better video conferences that use cellular data, according to Entrepreneur.com. It is also said to have a smaller dock connector and thinner bezel. It may also feature a music service similar to Pandora radio, WiFi, and Retina Display.