Apple’s latest iPad was not accompanied by the rumored “iPad mini” at its launch event in San Francisco last week. But according to sources in Apple’s supply chain, the smaller tablet is still on the way. One of its features, they claim, will be a slim bezel that will aim to maximize its viewing area.
The new iPad, like its predecessors, will feature a 9.7-inch display packed into a frame that measures 241.2 x 185.7 mm. The iPad mini, however, is expected to feature a 7.85-inch display that will allow it to compete with more compact tablets like the Kindle Fire from Amazon, or the Galaxy Tab 7.0 from Samsung.
In order to maximize the viewing area on the smaller device, the iPad mini will sport a slim bezel, according to sources for DigiTimes. Its display may not be Retina quality, but it will boast in-place switching/fringe-field switching panels manufactured by LG Display and AU Optronics.
The device is expected to priced between $249 and $299, DigiTimes reports.