Update 24/10/12: The iPad mini has finally been unveiled by Apple, and by the look of its specs it's going to be a great small tablet PC. There is also more good news, as the iPad mini release date isn't too far away. See Apple iPad Mini price in UK. See also: Apple iPad mini review
Apple has confirmed that the iPad mini release date will be 2 November (Friday). The initial iPad mini release date is for the Wi-Fi only tablet. According to an Apple press release, customers wanting a Wi-Fi and Cellular iPad mini will have to wait "a couple more weeks". See also iPad 4 preview.
iPad mini specs: confirmed
Screen: 7.9 inch (fingerprint-resistant oleophobic) screen
Resolution: 1024 x 768 (163 ppi)
Processor: Dual-core A5 processor
Camera: FaceTime HD front-side camera, 5Mp iSight camera
Connectivity: 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, LTE ultrafast wireless, bluetooth 4.0
Wired connections: Lightning connector
Battery: 16.3-watt-hour rechargeable lithium polymer (up to 10 hours)
Size: 200 x 134.7 x 7.2mm
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Today is the day that Apple will launch its iPad mini tablet. Apple has sent members of the press invitations to an event taking place today in the California Theatre with the message "We've got a little more to show you". See also iPad mini launch: live.
The lead up to the iPad mini launch has been textbook Apple so far, with leaked information appearing ever more frequently, and even an iPad mini prototype (above) surfacing not so long ago. See Confirmed Apple iPad Mini launch date.
We've heard that the iPad Mini will be available in 16 models ranging from 8GB up to 64GB with the option of black, white, Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi with 4G. It's also possible that Apple will use the event to introduce a 13in MacBook Pro with Retina Display, updated Mac Mini and an updated iMac – possibly including 21in Retina.
All will be revealed on 23 October and we'll be bringing you a live blog of the event to stay tuned to PC Advisor.
There has been yet another twist in the iPad Mini release date saga. It was earlier thought that Apple would make the iPad mini's release date the seventeenth of October, but it now seems that the date has been pushed back another week.
Update: The new concurrence of the internet is that the iPad mini release date is set for 23 October. It is also understood that there will be 16 different versions of iPad mini available, thanks to a combination of iPad minis available with different storage capabilities and with Wi-Fi or cellular connectivity. Find out more about the rumoured 23 October iPad mini release date.
The iPad Mini has been a bit of a 'will they won't they' situation for some time. But now, it finally looks like Apple has a firm release date in mind for its a small tablet rival to the Google Nexus 7 and the Amazon Kindle Fire HD. So in an attempt to keep things in some sort of order, here is our very own iPad Mini release date, specs and rumour article. See also: Apple 'confirms' iPad mini October release date and iPad Mini price in UK.
The idea behind this article is that we organise and present to you with everything you could wish to know about the iPad Mini. Naturally that includes its possible release date, some juicy specs and any other rumour we come across that is worth a mention. Visit iPad 4 release date, specs and rumour round-up
In short, it's the one place where you can find out everything you need to know about the iPad Mini. Remember though, PC Advisor is only reporting on the rumours that we come across and as Apple has a no comment policy on rumours, you must try not to hold us responsible if some of your favourite iPad Mini rumours are not included in the iPad mini, when (and if) it is eventually released.
We like to keep our readers informed here at PC Advisor, so before we go any further with scandalous rumours about a dreamy iPad Mini, you should know that Apple's former CEO and icon, Steve Jobs, was not too keen on the idea of a smaller iPad. In 2010 he said this about the possibility of an iPad mini "One naturally thinks that a seven-inch screen would offer 70 percent of the benefits of a ten-inch screen. Unfortunately, this is far from the truth. The reason we won't make a seven-inch tablet isn’t because we don’t want to hit a lower price point, it’s because we think the screen is too small to express the software."
iPad Mini release date
iPad mini release date rumour 1
Apple looks set to release its much-rumoured iPad mini in October, after what appears to be a sanctioned ‘leak’ from the company.
The October release date for the iPad mini was initially reported on AllThingsD, and looks like an official leak.
It is also surely no coincidence that the leak sprang into public attention on the very day that Apple won substantial damages against Samsung in its US patent lawsuit – which some have suggested could hurt the iPad maker’s reputation, in its all-out war on patent infringements.
Apple has clearly noted the popularity of smaller tablets such as the 7-inch Google Nexus, reviewed, with the iPad mini appealing to that potentially huge market.
AllThingsD's John Paczkowski reported that several unnamed sources at Apple have indicated that following the iPhone 5 September launch, the iPad mini will follow. Read the full iPad mini ‘confirmed’ October release date article by Simon Jary.
iPad mini release date rumour 2
Apple will reveal its iPhone 5 and an iPad Mini on 12 September if we are to believe iMore. The website this is the date for a joint launch of both devices, citing 'sources who have proven accurate in the past'. The site even goes as far as to say the iPhone 5 will hit the shops nine days later on 21 September.
There's no date for the iPad Mini but a third device, the next generation of iPod Nano, will also be unveiled with the smartphone and tablet. These dates wouldn't be too far off Apple's launch of the iPhone 4S which went on sale on 14 October. By Chris Martin - read the full iPhone 5 and iPad Mini to be released on 12 September article.
iPad mini release date rumour 3
The iPad Mini's release date has already eluded us once before, so this time we're determined to make sure it does not happen again (although it might). You see, the technology world was convinced that Apple was going to announce the iPad Mini, alongside the new third generation iPad back in march this year. Alas, there was no such announcement.
That put an end to the gossip surrounding the iPad Mini, for a month or two, but now it's back with a bang. The latest piece of intelligence we have is that an October iPad Mini release date is what Apple has in mind. Not far away, eh?
How do we know this? Good question. The answer is we don't know this for sure. However, to use a horribly common metaphor, 'where there's smoke there's fire' and right now there is a puff or two of smoke directly above the iPad Mini.
Pacific Crest analyst, Andy Hargreaves said this. "Checks with component suppliers suggest that Apple is beginning to provide order indications for a smaller iPad that is likely to launch before the holiday period." Read the full Apple to launch 7.85-inch iPad Mini in October article here.
iPad Mini Specs
iPad Mini to have a 7.85-inch screen
The ballsy lads at tabtimes have been speaking to analyst Andy Hargreaves again (see above) and what they managed to get out of him was a few iPad Mini specs. The most impressive was that the screen size would be 7.85-inch. This places the iPad Mini in direct competition with the Google Nexus 7 and Amazon Kindle Fire.
iPad Mini will use thin-film technology
By Ashleigh Allsopp, Macworld UK. The rumoured 7.85in iPad will have thin-film touch technology, and will launch by the fourth quarter of 2012, according to reports. In a report, Digitimes quotes industry sources who believe the smaller iPad, dubbed iPad 'Mini' will feature G/F2 thin-film touch technology. Nitto is thought to be supplying the thin-film materials, with Nissha Printing and TPK manufacturing the touch screens.
The thin-film technology will enable the iPad Mini to be thinner because it has one less layer than the current structure, said the sources. They also claim that the technology will help reduce costs. Read the full Apple to use thin-film touch technology in 7in iPad Mini article here.
iPad Mini will have a 1024x768 display
One final claim that Andrew Hargreaves made was that the iPad Mini will go on sale for $299 (£188) and part of the reason for the cheap price is that the screen will not be retina quality, instead opting for a 1024x768.