Books & Review | Jessica Durham
Updated: Sep 10, 2012 10:47 AM EDT

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iPad Mini mockup photos (Photo : Apple.pro)

Apple is soon to unveil their new iPad Mini as early as September and as late as October.

New rumors are surfacing in the midst of the highly anticipated release date.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple is seeking to create a service similar to Pandora Radio.

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"Apple Inc. is in talks to license music for a custom-radio service similar to the popular one operated by Pandora Media Inc., according to people familiar with the matter, in what would be a bid by the hardware maker to expand its dominance in online music," the report said. "Such services create virtual "stations" that play music similar to a song or artist of the user's choosing, either on Web browsers or smartphone apps. Like traditional radio, they are typically free for users, but incorporate advertisements."

The service is to work with Apple's products, including Macs, iPhone 5, and iPad Mini.

According to MacRumors, the report said that Apple recently initiated licensing negotiations with record labels and that it could be a matter of months for the service to launch.

"As on Pandora, the music would be interspersed with ads, in this case carried by Apple's iAd platform, which syndicates ads to iPhone and iPad apps."

This is exciting news for people who love listening to music on their favorite tech gadgets.

In recent news, new leaked photos have hit the web for the iPad Mini.

According to CNET, Chinese Web site digi.163 recently posted photos of the back casing of what it claims is the upcoming iPad Mini. As with previous photos of the iPad Mini's case, the images show an aluminum design that comes with a new 9-pin connector. In addition, the casing appears to show two speakers at the bottom of the device, an Apple logo, and a place for a rear camera.

Other leaked photos show a final design of the little tablet.

KnowYourMobile.com reported that an image of what's said to be the die cast mound for theiPad Mini has appeared online next to a white iPhone 4S. The leak came from Giga.de, which managed to snap some pictures of the alleged iPad Mini at IFA 2012.

Many expect the iPad mini to feature a 7.85-inch display similar to the 1024x768 resolution IPS setup present on the iPad 2. However, according to KnowYourMobile, there be a chance that Apple will put in a Retina Display on the device in order to enter the 7-inch slate space with a bang. The feature will text, images, and games look crisp and smooth. It is already on other Apple products.

Many reports said that Apple will hold a special event on Sept. 12 and will release the iPhone 5 on Sept. 21. Earlier reports suggested that Apple will also announce the iPad Mini on the same event, but now new reports suggest that is highly unlikely, and that it will be at a separate event in October.

The price of the iPad Mini is rumored to be around $249.

Reports say that the new little iPad will feature a 7 to 8 inch IGZO display with 330 pixels/inch. 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 will also have FaceTime and Retina Display.

Check out details of Amazon's new Kindle Fire HD HERE!

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