Apple to release iPad Mini later this year? And Waterproof iPhone?

We’ve heard rumours in the past concerning the launch of a smaller iPad, and now an unnamed Samsung official has thrown more fuel on the fire. Asking not to be identified (fair enough in the circumstances), he or she told the Korea Times that Apple will launch a 7.85-inch iPad before 2012 is out.

Interesting stuff, as is the news that, despite the two firms’ well-publicised legal battles, Samsung currently has a $9.7 billion contract with Apple to supply components which is expected to rise to a staggering $11 billion by the end of the year.

Samsung supplies screens, storage, processors and more to Apple, which is its single biggest customer. So chances are certain individuals in Samsung might know what Apple’s planning – just something to think about.

Apple iPhone 5 to be waterproof?

It looks like aquaphobic mobiles of today could soon be cured of their greatest weakness when waterproofing becomes common, even in Apple’s iPhone 5.

In an interview with waterproofing company P2i, Tech Radar was told, “We’ve got the ‘fruity companies’ and the big Korean brands all becoming interested”. After Fujitsu set the trend by unveiling its waterproof Arrows tablet and phone at CES 2012, it now sounds like BlackBerry, Apple and Samsung are all joining in the phone protection efforts.

We could soon be seeing an iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S III coming with the same P2i waterproofing found in the Motorola Defy+, making separate tough phones a thing of the past.

This piece first appeared on Stuff.