Back in April, we published a story claiming that a 7.85″ iPad Mini will be released by Apple in Q3 of 2012 which is already undergoing production in China. The report also claimed that the smaller iPad will cost something between US$249 to US$299. Today, a new publication by Unwired View seems to reiterate all those claims, suggesting that Apple will indeed launch a smaller tablet with Sharp’s IGZO display and it will cost between $249-$299. Apple’s move to introduce a smaller iPad is believed to target Amazon’s Kindle Fire and Google’s Nexus 7 tablets. However, Apple’s similar sized offering will most likely be more expensive than those two.
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Also ‘confirmed’ apparently, via the even more reliable ‘anonymous industry sources’, is the fact that the iPad Mini will have IGZO display panels made by Sharp. IGZO (indium gallium zinc oxide) is a thin-film transistor (TFT) tech that allows the tablet to be thinner than similar models, while increasing ‘endurance’ and display quality.
IGZO panels have been rumored for Apple mobile devices before, and Sharp making those would totally make sense, especially in light of that company’s recently established alliance with Foxconn, Apple’s largest device maker. Apparently Sharp’s IGZO panels support up to 330 ppi pixel density – which means there could be some Retina love in there somewhere.
Finally, the 7.85-inch form factor is mentioned again, and since it’s been around a lot more than any others, we’re going to say that if there ever will be an iPad Mini, it almost certainly will come with that screen size.
Well, we have been hearing the iPad Mini rumors for quite a while now but no solid evidence, such as a leaked hardware part, has yet been discovered.
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