Cellular connectivity and imaging capabilities will be the iPad features to fall by the wayside when Apple brings its cheaper, smaller tablet to market, it has been claimed.
According to technical insights manager Allan Yogasingam of teardown types UBM TechInsights, Apple is likely to make the so-called iPad Mini a Wi-Fi-only device and dispense with 3G connectivity.
He told Light Reading: "One can suspect that there will be no baseband [3G and 4G radio] processor in the iPad mini as Apple will look to the cost reduction of eliminating that chip and the corresponding baseband power amplifiers.”
The drive to keep the asking price down to compete with the Google Nexus 7 and the Amazon Kindle Fire could also see the Cupertino tech titan do away with a rear-facing camera entirely, he claims.
“Expect the iPad mini to not include any image sensors in the device. This is again a cost-cutting measure used by Amazon and Google and I expect Apple to do the same."
Industry wonks predict a price point of between $249 to $299 for the slimmed-down, 7.85-inch screen-toting slate.
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