More rumors: updated retina iPad, iPad mini to start at $329, iBooks 3.0 to be announced

Rumors continue to surface as we look ahead to Tuesday's announcements from Apple. 9To5Mac is reporting today that the iPad mini will start at $329, though their sources didn't specify whether the base model would have 8 or 16GB of RAM. That price does seem a bit high for 8GB. They say that they expect the models with the ability to connect to the cellular data network to add a $130 premium to the price, as with the current iPad models.

The hottest news today, though, from 9To5Mac is their post saying that Apple will also announce a new version of the iPad with retina display. It will have the Lightning dock connector, allowing the device to be thinner. Many also expect it to have the new in-cell display technology, which also contributes to its being thinner. And there is continuing speculation that it will have an IGZO display, which will require less power. This will mean that the battery won't need to be as large, letting the device become thinner, and that it won't get warm on the back in the same way as the current iPad with retina display.

And while these rumors are based on unnamed sources or speculation, another rumor out today comes from Apple itself. According to The Next Web, a listing in the iBooks Store in France specified iBooks 3.0 as a requirement for that book. This seems to confirm that the event on Tuesday will introduce iBooks 3.0 — and that the iPad mini is going to be presented as a device for consuming media.

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Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.