The iPad Mini battery size may have been revealed ahead of the 7.85-inch iPad Mini’s launch date, presumed to be October 23rd.
MacRumors unearthed several photos of what purportedly show the battery that will be included with the iPad Mini upon its arrival. The iPad Mini battery in the photos carries a 16.7 watt-hour capacity (4490 mAh) which sits in between the watt-hour capacities of both the iPhone 5 and the regular 9.7-inch new iPad. The iPhone 5 boasts a battery that sits at 5.45 watt-hours while the regular iPad sports a 42.5 watt-hour capacity.
The iPad 2 possessed a 25 watt-hour battery. The iPad Mini is rumored to not have a Retina Display like the regular 9.7-inch iPad which makes the smaller capacity a little more believable.
At this point, it’s impossible to confirm whether or not this battery is the one that belongs in the iPad Mini. The battery sports a model number of A1445 but other than that, its capacity size and the fact that it resembles batteries found in Apple products, there are no indications that it’s the battery for the iPad Mini, a device that has yet to be revealed by Apple.
The iPad Mini event is rumored to be taking place on October 23rd with several publications confirming that date as the iPad Mini launch. Apple has yet to send out any invites for the event but at this point, it seems to be all but confirmed.
At the event, Apple is rumored to be launching its 7.85-inch iPad Mini, or iPad Air, a device that popped up in rumors over the last year or so. The device, which is rumored to be a larger version of the iPod touch with thinner bezels, is said to sport 16GB, 32GB and 64GB storage options, pricing that starts right around $300 and cellular connectivity though we aren’t sure which U.S. carriers will be on board if that rumor pans out.
The new iPad possesses 4G LTE connectivity so it could be that the iPad Mini will have similar capabilities.
In comparison, a 9.7-inch third-generation iPad with Retina Display with 64 GB of storage and 4G LTE is priced at $830 in the U.S. before state sales taxes are added.
The iPad Mini will likely also possess a Lightning Dock, same as the iPhone 5.