The iPad Mini Will Have An IGZO Display And Only Cost $249 [Rumor]

The iPad Mini Will Have An IGZO Display And Only Cost $249 [Rumor]

Demand for the Google Nexus 7 could be short lived if an iPad mini arrives later this year.

Until Tim Cook climbs onto the roof of Apple’s Cupertino headquarters and shouts, “we will never build an iPad mini” at the top of his voice, the rumors will continue to circulate. The latest comes from “various analysts” who claim the upcoming iPad mini will feature a 7.85-inch IGZO display from Sharp, and will start at just $249.

That price tag will increase to $299 for a high-end model, according to analysts, which will presumably feature additional storage. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen these price tags for the iPad mini; in fact, they’ve now been mentioned a handful of times in previous reports. That doesn’t prove anything, of course, but consistent rumors are certainly more promising than inconsistent ones.

With that kind of price tag, the iPad mini is in a perfect position to fend off any threat from the recently released Google Nexus 7, or the upcoming Kindle Fire 2. Sure, it’s $50 more expensive than its $199 competitors, but you can bet you’ll get a lot more bang for your buck.

Not only will the iPad mini provide you with a door to Apple’s incredible ecosystem, but the device will reportedly also feature a 7.85-inch IGZO display from Sharp with up to 330 pixels per inch. That’s a slightly higher pixel density than the iPhone 4S. Not only are these displays thinner and lighter than existing iPad displays, but they are also offer higher contrast ratios and greater brightness, while consuming less power.

The appearance of Sharp’s IGZO displays in Apple devices has been in the cards for as long as we can remember. They’re perfect for the company’s mobile devices. The only problem is, Sharp can’t make them quick enough. That could change, however, now that the company has partnered up with Foxconn.

According to previous rumors, we can expect to see this device later this year — possibly around the same time as the new iPhone.

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  • Shane Bryson

    iPad mini WILL NOT HAPPEN. I really wish writers would stop publishing this tripe and feeding the ignorant frenzy.

  • Tallest_Skil

    HURR DURR iPad Mini HURR DURR.

    The iPad will only get bigger. Just like the iPhone.

  • theobserving

    must be a slow day at the office, so you keep wringing the blood out of this stone. geez. find something worthwhile to write about, not lame fake rumors. and what bugs me, especially, about such “stories” is that they’re written in such a voice, so as to make it seem as though this “rumor” is fact, which it isn’t. “Is” and “will” are not “Might” and “could.”

  • vctr

    Why is everyone so quick to dismiss the iPad mini rumors? I’m not saying that these are true, but on what basis can you even call them false? Because Steve Jobs wrote off the idea during an earnings call?

    News flash … Steve Jobs has gone back on plenty of his decisions in the past.

  • welladriansays

    i can’t see an iPad mini selling for around the same price as an iPod touch?

  • Atienne

    iPad mini WILL NOT HAPPEN. I really wish writers would stop publishing this tripe and feeding the ignorant frenzy.

    And you know this how?

  • Skywaytraffic

    lololololol this is adorable

  • Skywaytraffic

    Why is everyone so quick to dismiss the iPad mini rumors? I’m not saying that these are true, but on what basis can you even call them false? Because Steve Jobs wrote off the idea during an earnings call?

    News flash … Steve Jobs has gone back on plenty of his decisions in the past.

    Um… Steve Jobs is also dead…

  • branjmb

    for the love of god…. it will never happen.

    at the very least make it sound like speculation rather than fact.

  • CDPlante

    This rumor suggests that iPad developers will have to make apps in THREE different resolutions (iPad 2, new iPad, and “iPad mini”). Doesn’t that sound a bit ridiculous? IF you can make a case for the existence of the iPad mini, I’d have to think the ppi would match the iPad 2 or new iPad.

  • Shane Bryson
    iPad mini WILL NOT HAPPEN. I really wish writers would stop publishing this tripe and feeding the ignorant frenzy.

    And you know this how?

    The dismal, almost embarrassing sales of similar devices prove that it just simply isn’t a market worth anything. Apple doesn’t jump on already sinking ships.

    Look no further than the Kindle Fire to see that consumers don’t want 7in tablets. Apple’s biggest pet-peeve is ecosystem fragmentation and this would do just that, fragment the ecosystem. So it’s not profitable and against the basis of their business model. Yeah, real plausible.

  • CharilaosMulder

    Maybe it will be a replacement for the ipod touch, which is the worst selling iOS device.

  • gigolo

    Most iSTUPID writer ever…

    Short lived??? NEXUS 7…

    Ipad mini with floating icons will beat the JELLY BEAN – NEXUS 7???

    Did you take your medicine today or you are the influence of bath saltz????

    Typical iMORON writer in APPLE site…

  • Excalibear2

    this rumor keeps coming back. I don’t think it’s gonna happen. I know Apple has changed their mind in the past, a good example being the iMac g4 vs the iMac g5. However, In that case, technology advances made the vertical drive and computer behind the screen viable, or in other words it was a forward move.
    Making a smaller iPad would not be a forward move, but a backwards one, to imitate what other people have already tried and done well, but with little consumer response. Remember, when the new iPad (3) was introduced, all sorts of rumors of the iPad mini at a smaller price for the education market were flying. I wrote then that it would be much more like Apple to simply make the iPad 2 available to schools at a lower price, and that’s exactly what they did.

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