Apple ‘iPad mini’ to resemble a larger iPod Touch
Apple is reportedly going to release its much talked about min iPad in the Autumn and it will look more like a larger iPod Touch rather than a smaller iPad. No speculation to suggest it will be called the TouchPad.
It is being speculated the mini will come with a price tag of around $200, which is the same price as the Google Nexus 7 – so expect to pay £200 to get your hands on one considering the way that Apple economics translate.
9to5Mac mocked up the above image based on reports from its sources including case manufacturer Devicewear and Daring Fireball‘s John Gruber.
Based on shots that purport to show the rear of the iPad Mini – and the differences in its aspect ratio from the full-size iPad – they’re pointing to a slimmed-down iPhone-style bezel along the longer sides of the iPad Mini’s 7.85in screen. The screen itself is expected to retain the iPad’s 4:3 aspect ratio.
One possible downside to the slimline look is that it won’t leave a great deal of room for the user’s thumbs when used in portrait mode – the Google Nexus 7′s 16:9 aspect ratio allows plenty of room for your thumbs even with its 7in form factor, according to Stuff.
Google has priced the 8GB version of the Nexus 7 at £159, and at £199 for the 16GB, which will see it go for the lower end of the market, occupied by Amazon’s Kindle Fire.
What do you think? Would you rather see a 16:9 iPad Mini to match the iPhone 5′s reported screen size, or are you prepared to sacrifice the side bezel for an iPad-style 4:3 display?
iMore reports that the iPad mini will be lighter and thinner than the full-sized iPad. Again more like an iPod Touch.