Speculation that the much-rumoured smaller version of the iPad will be dubbed the iPad Mini took a turn for the more credible today, after fresh reports surfaced about the slate.
According to an ‘Asian source’, who perhaps unsurprisingly is keeping his head down and identity under wraps and was cited by Japanese blog Macotakara, Apple will follow the nomenclature it adopted when it shrunk the iPod and simply tag ‘Mini’ on the end of the existing slate’s title.
The report tallies with what seems like years and years of rumour-mongering around the 7.85-inch screen-toting slate which long ago saw it informally dubbed the 'iPad Mini' by tech bloggers.
Smaller slates were famously pooh-poohed by former Apple CEO Steve Jobs who dismissed them as half-way house devices that offered none of the advantages of a smartphone and none of the advantages of a tablet.
However, the subsequent arrival and strong sales of the keenly priced Amazon Kindle Fire and Google Nexus 7 has apparently driven Apple’s change of heart, as it bids to see off Android’s fresh challenge to its market dominance.
As well as featuring a smaller, lower-grade screen, the iPad Mini is expected to recycle parts from earlier iPad iterations and dispense with a camera to keep costs down. The slate is likely to sell for around £299 and land next month.
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