The iPad Mini, which Apple is expected to announced today at an event in San Jose, California might retail as the iPad Mini if a new leak is correct.
According to 9to5Mac, Apple has smart covers prepared for the iPad Mini and they are apparently called ‘iPad Mini Smart Cover’. If that’s true, that rules out the name iPad Air and points to the new 7.85-inch iPad as being called the iPad Mini, the name that has widely been used since the device leaked out all those months ago.
It’s also entirely possible that the device could be called ‘iPad’ and the cases called ‘Mini Smart Cover’ but from here, the name iPad Mini is looking as good as ever as the new iPads retail name.
With the new iPad, Apple ditched the numerical naming method that it uses with the iPhone. However, with the launch of the iPhone 5, it proved that it hasn’t moved on from giving products unique names which means that a unique name for the new smaller iPad remains a distinct possibility. Indeed, Apple may be looking for a way to distinguish its smaller iPad from the larger iPad and a different name is a perfect way to do just that.
As for the iPad Mini smart cover, it will evidently come with an assortment of color options including red, dark gray, light gray, pink, green, and blue which is fairly similar to the current smart cover options for the 9.7-inch iPad.
Apple’s event, which is set to kick off in just a few short hours, will reveal everything including the iPad Mini’s name, release date and pricing. The device, which is expected to sport a smaller 7.85-inch display that might be non-Retina, is rumored to be coming out on November 2nd start at $329. That price would be for a Wi-Fi only 16GB version of the iPad Mini.
Other features are rumored to include a design with thinner bezels, a front-facing camera at least, and iOS 6.