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iPad Mini Mockup Reveals Slim Pixel-Packing Frame

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A recently leaked image shows what appears to be a prototype shell of Apple’s unannounced 7.85-inch iPad Mini tablet placed next to Amazon’s newest Kindle Fire HD tablet and Google’s Asus-made Nexus 7 slate. The image reveals that though the iPad Mini is slightly taller than these competing devices in the 7-inch space, the tablet is noticeably thinner and the device is even thinner than the latest third-generation iPad with Retina Display.

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The iPad Mini prototype mockup is shown with a thickness of 7.69 mm compared to the 9.91 mm thickness of the iPad 3 according to AppleInsider

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The slightly taller frame of the iPad Mini is probably attributed to the slightly larger display size of the iPad Mini. While both Amazon’s and Google’s tablets measure in at 7-inch even when the display is measured diagonally, Apple’s screen is 7.85 inches.

Additionally, it is reported that the despite having a smaller footprint than Apple’s larger iPad, which has a display size of 9.7 inches, the iPad Mini will sport the same resolution as the original iPad and the iPad 2 with 1024 X 768 pixels. This would allow standard iPad apps–those that aren’t designed specific for Retina Display–to be able to run natively on the iPad Mini without issues such as letterboxing. As such, the iPad Mini would be able to launch with a complete library of iPad apps that would display properly if this rumor is in fact accurate. Compared to the iPhone 5, which could run apps designed for the iPhone 4S and earlier, the iPad Mini will offer more compatibility with apps despite a change in screen size as the iPhone 5 displays non-iPhone 5 apps in letterbox.

At one point, the iPad Mini was rumored to share the stage with Apple’s iPhone 5 announcement. However, as we have found out, that did not happen and it is now believed that the iPad Mini will have its own launch event this month. The tablet could go on sale as early as by the end of October.

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3 Comments

  1. I. M. Wright

    10/02/2012 at 7:25 am

    I sure hope the iPad Mini’s introduction isn’t as disappointing to the media as the iPhone 5 introduction. What a freaking fiasco. Amazon’s latest Kindle Paperwhite eReader got more praise than Apple’s latest iPad Retina model, so will this iPad Mini get less praise than the Kindle Fire HD. The media is taking it as though the more expensive Apple products aren’t worth the extra price because the quality difference isn’t that much better than those cheaper Kindles. Something is really wrong if Apple products are being perceived just barely as good as hardware being commissioned by Amazon and Google.

    • Nike Athena

      10/02/2012 at 11:21 pm

      You’re full of crap, not thinking and instead choosing to think what others tell you to.

  2. tourisM

    10/02/2012 at 7:47 am

    i would definitely go for the ipad mini over an iphone 5.It comes with a good price and the right specs and resolution.I think someone who wants to buy an ipad for the first time will be happy with this tablet.There are no high expectations like the iphone 5 and I am sure it will be simple yet popular.

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