The much-rumoured, lesser-spotted iPad Mini could debut alongside the iPhone 5, an analyst has suggested, in what would be something of a seismic last quarter of 2012 for fans of shiny gadgetry.
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo forecasts that the smaller iPad, which has been a tech-site rumour-mill staple for longer than we care to remember, will step into the spotlight in September.
Assuming that’s so, it could land at the same time or just weeks later than the iPhone 5, which is widely expected to be unveiled in September or October.
Kuo also predicts that the slate, which is expected to feature a 7.85-inch screen instead of the standard iPad’s 10 inches and retail at between £249 to £299, will rack up sales of 1.8 million in the last few weeks of the third quarter and will have amassed 13 million unit sales by the end of the fourth quarter.
That would be enough to overhaul the current-gen iPad in the sales-stakes and would put a major dent in Google’s hopes that it can reboot the flagging Android tablet market with its own-branded challenger, the Nexus 7.
The iPad Mini would, however, also face strong competition from Amazon’s range of Kindle Fire tablet challengers, which are set to sell at heavily subsidised price points.