The iPad mini is expected to be introduced next week, on Tuesday October 23rd at 1pm EST. Let's take a moment to look at all that we "know" so far about this marvelous new iDevice...
The iPad mini, will compete not only with all of the other tablets on the market (both large and small) but also with its bigger sibling, the iPad 2 and the "new" iPad. Even though the other tablet manufactures will likely also be introducing their new tablets within days of the iPad mini, I expect the iPad mini, even if it is set at a higher price point (perhaps with a starting price around $300), to dominate the competion and really shine, both as a wonder of modern technology as well as in terms of market sales.
The iPad mini will boast a 7.85 screen, a thickness that will rival the iPhone 5, front and rear cameras, an A5 chip, a Lightning connector and will be available in both Wi-Fi and 3G capable models. In many respects, the mini (if indeed that is what it's moniker will be) is very similar internally to the iPad 2, including the fact that it probably will not come with Retina display, at least not in its first iteration.
Without knowing anything for certain, I feel it's safe to say that the iPad mini will be slightly more pricey than other smaller tablets, but hey, I also feel it's safe to say that the iPad mini will be a superior product than even it's closest competion, so in the end, you get what you pay for.
Latest speculations and rumors also hint that the iPad mini will be available in a rainbow of colors, similar to the recently relesed iPod touch. The iPad mini is said to go on sale on November 2nd (with pre-orders going on sale on October 26th), just in time for the holiday buying season.
Are you excited yet? Stay tuned, I plan to be an early adopter of this amazing new iDevice and I will be sure to report back to you, from the moment it arrives!
For more details and information on the enigmatic iPad mini, please visit the following links to other articles I've written on the topic:
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