Just a few hours after the most recent overview of the reports of the iPad Mini potentially being a product that could be released this October from Apple, it has been said by Bloomberg that Apple will indeed by releasing the device this October, or at least announcing it and releasing it later on this year, I guess just before Christmas.
The new model will have a screen that’s 7 inches to 8 inches diagonally, less than the current 9.7-inch version, said the people, who asked not to be identified because Apple hasn’t made its plans public. The product, which Apple may announce by October, won’t have the high-definition screen featured on the iPad that was released in March, one of the people said.
The report claims specifically that this newer iPad will be having the “same amount of pixels of the iPad before it was then upgraded to the Retina display model that is currently out now. The “iPad Mini” would then have 1024×768 pixels. And with that same resolution as the first iPad, and the iPhone/iPod touch sizes, developers will have to minimize the fragmentation for developers who have already needed to target their applications for both the iPhone/iPod and iPad sizes, though with a much higher pixel density which will be meaning that the iPad content will be appearing smaller than on the bigger sized, first generation iPad.
As you can see in the image above, all they did was scale down the image on the right, everything looks the same on the left, but generally I think that it’s an accurate concept design.
It’s also indicated in the report that Apple has been thinking of releasing a smaller iPad ever since the release of the first iPad, since Steve Jobs was “panning” the 7-inch tablets that were being released to the market by the competitors of Apple. Though with Amazon’s own Kindle Fire and Google’s own forthcoming Nexus 7 being at least generating alot of interest and leading to potential, the prices being at $199 makes it a good idea for Apple to release something smaller to get their foot into that smaller priced tablet market. They probably feel the time is right to do this right now. They want to be at the top, and this will push them even further uphill for sure.
For me though, I have always liked the idea of a tablet myself, though for a base price of $600 for a iPad, I can build a custom gaming PC for that price in total, including shipping and taxes. This is what Apple is famous for, extremely high priced hardware. You pay a premium price for high quality hardware and software.
Since the talk of an iPad mini has been going around for awhile with the rumors speculating more and more and now with a potential release date up in the air, Bloomberg is now the second big mainstream pubic news site to say that it’s a good possibility for Apple to release the iPad mini this October. And before, The Wall Street Journal had then reported way back in February that Apple was testing the newest device in their labs and making plans for a release, and they acknowledged that Apple has been routinely testing products that are never, ever to be released to the public, ever.