iPad Mini Release Date, Price, Rumors: Apple to Send Invites by Oct. 10; Will Reach 4 Million Units Per Month
The iPad Mini release date is slowly coming around the corner. Many analysts predict that Apple's newest little tablet will unveil in October, just some weeks after the announcement for their new iPhone 5, which was Sept. 12.
A new report revealed that media will soon see an invite for an iPad Mini launch event by Oct. 10, which would mean that it will be unveiled soon after.
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"By Oct. 10, Misek said he predicts an invitation for an iPad Mini launch event will be mailed out to the media, followed by the formal announcement of the device by mid-October and culminating with the launch of the iPad Mini at the end of that month," eWeek reported. This prediction was made by Jefferies analyst Peter Misek.
Many other reports lean towards an October announcement and release date.
According to Digitimes, supply volume of Apple's 7.85-inch iPad is estimated to reach four million units per month starting in September in order to prepare for demand from year-end holidays, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.
Rumors are circulating in the IT market that Apple will launch its 7.85-inch iPad in October with a thinner screen frame to allow the device to feature a bigger display area than other competing products and will also feature a resolution similar to that of iPad 2.
The source also pointed out pricing for the small iPad, "as for the device's price, comparing to Amazon and Google's US$199 7-inch tablet PC, the sources pointed out that even if Apple prices its 7.85-inch iPad at US$299, it is still expected to create a strong impact on the two devices."
New photos surfaced of a pre-production iPad Mini case.
MacRumors leaked the photos. The cases were created by case manufacturers in anticipation of the upcoming models. Designs are based on leaked specs coming out of Foxconn factories.
"The photo does a great job showing the relative sizes of the various devices [iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad Mini, iPad 3]. The largest case in the back shows the size of the current 3rd Generation iPad. That iPad houses a 9.7" diagonal display. The next smaller size case is for the rumored "iPad mini". The smaller iPad is believed to have a 7.85" screen with a smaller surrounding bezel while retaining the same aspect ratio and resolution (1024x768) of the iPad 2. Rou notes that the iPad mini headphone jack is positioned at the top of the case."
In terms of books, there might be an app that customers can download to read their favorite book. There may be a better screen for reading on the iPad Mini, which will likely include Apple's ipcoming new operating system, iO6, and might have Retina Display.
According to Apple Insider, Ming-Chi Kuo with KGI Securities said that in October, reports have 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 Kuo, will be a new iPod nano, a "modified new iPad," and a new 27-inch iMac.
In August, a report suggested that the iPad Mini will launch in October.
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.
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.