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iPad Mini unveiling October 23 – Our Specification Thoughts And Speculations

Every man and his dog seems to be posting iPad mini news so we thought we’d jump on that bandwagon as well, especially since it seems October 23 2012 will be iPad mini release day. The thing is for all those “wanting” the mini, has anyone used the Nexus 7 to get a feel for the form factor and practicality?  I have my first Android tablet now and I’m mixed on the size, why would I want to do tasks on a smaller screen if I’m going to the hassle of pulling it out of my tech bag?

Is there really a need for an iPad mini? Are 7″ tablets over-rated?


After reading “David Chartier wonders why the 7-inch product category even exists” it got me to thinking about a few iPad things.

With the original iPad being released in 2010, why is it now “obvious” that the tablet segment needs a smaller form factor? 2 long years have passed since Apple undoubtably created something that shook the market up. Ok so Apple doesn’t create new products but they create desire, taking parts and processes from existing lines and bringing them together in a fashions that had yet to be realised but seem obvious when done so.  At the very least you can argue that Apple creates products that define a generation or at least inspire companies to copy their lead.

Could the iPad mini have the iPad 2 cpu and iPhone 3gs Screen?

…this suggests that the iPad Mini is, effectively, an iPad 2: an A5 with 512 MB of RAM and enough GPU power to drive the display.. An interesting little snippet here from Marco.org coming up with an interesting theory.  Tim Cook’s well known for making the most of supply chain and sending hardware down the chain. After the iPad 2 cpu got a shrinking down to 32nm from 45nm it’s seems only logical to throw this into the iPad mini driving a smaller screen. Speaking of the screen, I’m not sure I could go back to a 3gs resolution screen and only running at 1024 * 768 even if it’s hitting 132ppi.  Consider that to the Nexus 7 display 1,280 by 800 pixels, or 216 pixels per inch (ppi). For Apple to release a product that’s in anyway inferiror into the 7″ ish tablet market would be a bad move.