Apple is hosting an event today where it is widely expected that the 7-inch version of the iPad, already christened the ‘Mini’ by the media, is due to be launched. As always, the rumour mills are buzzing ahead of the launch. From price to versions of the iPad mini, here’s a look at what the tech sites are saying.
Price and Versions:Mobile Geeks, already has a screengrab of the prices and the versions of the new device. According to their report, the device will have an 8 GB version, along with the regular, 16, 32 and 64 GB versions. Also it won’t be as cheap as the $199 Google Nexus or Amazon Kindle. The report states that the 8 GB version with just Wi-FI will be 249 or a whopping $322.
TechCrunch has a detailed piece where they’ve broken down the cost of the iPad mini to reveal that it will be priced according to Apple’s profit margins. You can check it out here.
Big Orders: Is Apple expecting big sales for the iPad Mini? It would certainly seem so. According to the Wall Street Journal, component suppliers in Asia have say they have received orders to make more than 10 million units of the smaller tablets in the fourth quarter.
Design: According to AllThingsD,Apple will not sacrifice designaesthetics in the new iPad Mini. The report quotes analyst Brian White, who states that the Mini may even be slicker than the new iPad.
Also Apple Insider says that they have information that the device will come in two colours; Black and White.
Battery: The battery size has also been leaked, if images on the tech site MacRumors are to be believed. According to this the iPad Mini will have a battery running at 3.72 volts, offering 16.7 Whr of energy on 4490 mAh of charge. This would put it the iPad mini’s battery in the range of Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD, which have a 16 watt-hour and 16.43 watt-hour unit, respectively.
New MacBook Pro:According to 9to5Mac, Apple will also launch a a new 13-inch MacBook Pro with a Retina Display. This will be a thinner version of the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display that was launched in June.
The report also states that a new Mac Mini is on its way as well.
Overall it looks like Apple’s 23 October event will have a lot to offer.