Arrival of the iPad Mini?

Hot on the heels of the successful iPhone 5 launch in September, Apple are ‘rumoured’ to be releasing the iPad Mini later this month, a smaller version of its leading tablet device – perfect timing for the Christmas market!

Apple’s much-rumoured ‘launch’ has triggered crazy Internet rumours over the last few days, notably on Twitter and online forums. The speculated mini-tablet device is rumoured to boast a 7.85-inch IGZO display, Worldwide 4G/LTE Connectivity, In-Cell Technology and a smaller dock connector. Experts are also expecting that the device will feature Apple’s upcoming operating system, iOS 6.

Amongst these rumours, cynics are questioning the reality.

Is Apple really likely to launch a smaller version of the iPad? Can Apple compete with Amazon and Google in the 7-inch tablet space?

Critics find it hard to believe simply because its late influential leader, Steve Jobs openly criticised them, famously quoting small tablets were not “sufficient to create great tablet apps” and would be “dead on arrival”. Strong words!

If online rumours are truthful, Apple is expected to officially reveal their tablet device later this month, and it will be in UK shops first week November, priced between £150-200. The Wall Street Journal claims that Apple has ordered more than 10 million devices for Q4, 2012.

If it is true, I’ll be ‘one of those’ queuing overnight in the cold, I can’t wait!

I’ll be giving a review of the new product (iPad Mini or not) next month.

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