iPad Mini Will Be Thinner Than Current iPad And Come With 3G, Production Starting In Brazil This September [Rumor]

iPad Mini Will Be Thinner Than Current iPad And Come With 3G, Production Starting In Brazil This September [Rumor]

Will Apple introduce a new member of its iOS family later this year?

It’s been rumored for many months that Apple will release a smaller ‘iPad Mini’ to compete with cheaper Android tablets and devices like the Kindle Fire.

After Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal reported that Apple is indeed working on a smaller version of its popular iPad tablet, a fresh report from Japanese blog Macotakara reveals some more alleged details about the forthcoming device.

According to the report, the iPad Mini will be as thin as the iPod touch 4G, giving the tablet a thickness of only 7.2mm. That’s a nice decrease from the third-gen iPad’s 9.4mm thickness, and would also make the new device thinner than the current Kindle Fire. The unnamed source who reportedly saw a prototype of the device overseas says the smaller iPad is the same height as the Google Nexus 7 with a slightly larger width. (The Nexus 7’s dimensions clock in at 198.5 x 120 x 10.45mm.) Overall, the design of the device is said to borrow heavily from the iPod touch 3G.

Previous rumors have said that the iPad Mini will feature a non-Retina 1024×768 display, like the original and second-gen iPad. The omission of the Retina display will assumedly help Apple cut costs and offer the device at its rumored $250-$350 price point. Macotakara notes that the iPad Mini is unsurprisingly equipped with 3G technology.

With rumors saying that the iPad Mini is coming before Christmas, Macotakara says that production will begin at Foxconn Brazil in September 2012. Apple is free to mass produce its products in South America after an important tax hurdle was overcome earlier this year.

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  • theobserving

    this will not happen.

  • BenAppleFan

    In order to achieve close-to-Retina display quality, couldn’t they make the display 1600 X 1200 (254.78 PPI)?

  • Kingsmuse

    I`m almost starting to believe this rumor.

    Only because I`ve been waiting for a smaller form factor iPad since the iPad 1 came out and I just pre-ordered the Nexus 7 two days before this rumor was resurrected by Bloomberg.

    I finally gave up and went elsewhere so of course NOW they`ll come out with a smaller iPad.

  • Skywaytraffic

    I’ll cut off my own dick and eat it if this happens any time before 2014.

  • Skywaytraffic

    I’ll cut off my own dick and eat it if this happens any time before 2014.

  • infin1023

    They will call it ipod touch, not ipad mini…

  • good_idea

    I am waiting for the ipad mini. And I am willing to pay more for it.
    But if it does not have retina display – FORGET ABOUT IT!
    I will just get the Nexus 7. I will not go backward in display quality (especially for premium money).

  • mr_bee

    There is no such thing as an “iPod touch 4G”

  • branjmb

    for the love of god. stop.

  • easydone101

    There is no such thing as an “iPod touch 4G”

    You do realize “4G” stands for “4th Generation” right?

  • zviivz

    If it happens, I think we might see colors other than black or white!

  • madhatter61

    Mini iPad is such a bad idea for Apple … to copy Amazon or Google with give-away tablets. Apple is about to introduce iPhone 5 and iOS6 with improved Siri functionality and apps are improving daily to enable more production vs just consumption.

    Apple wants profitable products, so they make them better with custom parts designed for very long battery life and great display screens and better cameras and related software.

    If you want portability and pocketabilty buy an iPhone.

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