The iPad Mini will be with us in four months time, heat from Apple’s supply chain suggests.
Despite being anathema to Steve Jobs, talk of a more compact Apple tablet has been rife for months and months on tech sites and in the mainstream press. And today, the rumours got fresh legs after analyst Brian White with Topeka Capital Markets told investors that chatter about the iPad Mini among sources at Apple’s manufacturing partners was rife during his recent trip to Taiwan.
According to White, the micro-sized tablet is expected to tip up in September, a month named in separate reports as also marking the launch of a new iPhone.
The numbers cruncher and business wonk forecasts that take-up will be especially strong among schools and university students, for whom the mooted $399 price point would be a bit of a bit of a boon.
Whether a less capacious iPad’s appeal would extend far beyond those fairly niche demographic is something of a moot point, however. Not least in the wake of a uSwitch Tech study which found that over two-thirds of consumers aren’t interested in an iPad Mini.
Still, for what it’s worth, the slate is expected to pack a seven-inch screen and would feature parts recycled from earlier editions to keep costs down.
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