iPad Mini Leaks Again Ahead Of Tomorrow’s Apple Event


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As you probably know, Apple will host an event on October 23rd, where we might actually see the highly-anticipated iPad Mini in flesh. The 7.85-inch tablet was presented in numerous rumors, speculations and leaks over the last few months, but it seems that the terminal exists after all.

The guys at 9to5mac have posted a picture of the iPad Mini case which accommodates the Lightning port that debuted on the iPhone 5. There were some rumors lately saying that Apple is also prepping a slightly improved iPad, with the new dock connector among them.

Apple is likely to unveil the new iPad Mini tomorrow and sources are indicating that the pricing would start at $329 on the US market. Therefore the iPad Mini would be placed between iPod Touch ($299) and the 16 GB iPad 2 ($399). The models with 32 and 64 GB of internal storage might be priced $429 and $529, respectively.

If the rumors are accurate then the iPad Mini will still be more expensive than its rivals, Kindle Fire HD and Google Nexus 7 which have prices starting at $199.

Reports are saying that the iPad Mini will sport a 7.85-inch display with a resolution of 1,240 x 768 pixels and that it will be based on iPad 2′s platform. We should be able to see pretty soon whether the information is accurate, but most of the iPhone 5 rumors were confirmed.

The analysts are saying that iPad Mini would be “the worst nightmare” for Apple’s rivals. Shaw Wu, Sterne Agee analyst also said that the rival platform, namely Android still have a lot to work until it seriously hurts Apple iPad’s market share.

The same analyst said he doesn’t sees the iPad Mini as a Nexus 7 rival and he doesn’t considers that the Apple product needs a similar price to be able to fight against the Google tablet or the new Kindle Fire.

Anyway Apple’s press event is due tomorrow, when we will probably be able to find out more about the company’s strategy for the 7-inch tablet market.

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