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Rumors Point to iPad Mini Launch Before Year's End

Earlier this year, the Apple rumor mill was mainly focused on churning out iPad 3 reports. However, there were a couple of other devices being talked about at the time. One of them was the now available Apple TV (not to be confused with the as-yet-unconfirmed Apple HDTV), and the other was the possibility of a smaller scale iPad. Last we heard, Apple was preparing to launch a smaller iPad and would put the product into production towards the end of this year, giving Cupertino plenty of time to launch the device in the first quarter of next year. Today, we hear yet more talk of the smaller iPad, but this rumor says it will arrive before the end of the year.

According to a Chinese report translated by gaming site Kotaku, Apple will launch an 7.85-inch iPad Mini in the third quarter of this year. Chinese net portal NetEase reports that Apple is aiming to launch the tablet in time for the onslaught of Windows tablets that are expected this fall. Of course, it stands to reason that a smaller device should bring a smaller pricetag, and NetEase says we can expect this iPad Mini to cost anywhere between $249 and $299 when it goes on sale.

While it's plausible that Apple is preparing to bring us a new smaller iPad, we can't help but remember all those reports of an iPhone Nano that have been coming and going in the years since the iPhone launched. We'll be taking this one with a grain of salt until we hear something a little more solid.

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  • burnley14
    I remember being excited at the idea of an iPhone nano back in the day, but in retrospect there's no way it would have taken off--even the 3.5" screen of the iPhone is borderline too small.
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  • the iphone is an ipad mini, right?
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  • jacobdrj
    iPod touch?

    How about an upgrade to the iPod classic already... 500gb would be nice...
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  • maverick knight
    This doesn't make any sense. Apple will kill potential iPad sales with this. Sure, will make an iPad more accessible for lower income customers but will be in competition with the Kindle Fire and reduced price tablets. I call this BS. Apple's innovation has come to a halt.

    If Windows 8 becomes a success then customers will have plenty of tablet choices from different vendors to fit their needs and style. On the other front, Google releases those Google-glasses and before you know it Apple will once again be playing catch-up.
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  • christarp
    jacobdrjiPod touch?How about an upgrade to the iPod classic already... 500gb would be nice...
    There's no point, nobody want's a standard mp3 player anymore, and even if some did, there's no competition that goes against the ipod classic either.
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  • halcyon
    Do we really need an iPad Mini?
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  • GI_JONES
    And for those who want a little more security "Ipad Mini with Wings"
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  • dreadlokz
    cool! now you can pay $300 for a mini useless crap =)
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  • Tmanishere
    9360453 said:
    And for those who want a little more security "Ipad Mini with Wings"

    Might need that if the leak is confirmed on the iPad Mini
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  • molo9000
    An iPad mini makes no sense and does not fit Apple's strategy. I think this wouldn't happen if Steve Jobs was still alive.

    One iPad to rule them all!

    burnley14I remember being excited at the idea of an iPhone nano back in the day, but in retrospect there's no way it would have taken off--even the 3.5" screen of the iPhone is borderline too small.
    Personally I prefer the "small" size of the iPhone. Anything bigger doesn't feel comfortable in my pants... wait... what did I just say?

    Remember the days before the smartphone craze when phones were becoming smaller and smaller? Those were great.
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