Apple will recycle parts from earlier iPads to keep the iPad Mini’s asking price down, evidence uncovered by a dev suggests.
Marco Arment, who you may or may not know as the man behind read-later app Instapaper, posited that the iPad Mini will be a slimmed down version of the older-gen slate after examining the device usage stats for his app.
Among these were what appeared to be product codes for two hitherto unseen Apple slates, tellingly dubbed ‘iPad 2.5’ and ‘iPad 2.6’. Our man is choosing to interpret this as a ref to the second-gen iPad and telltale decimal point as signs that – screen size, aside - the iPad Mini won’t be too far removed from its predecessor.
In what Arment calls on his blog a “textbook Tim Cook supply-chain move”, the strategy will enable Apple to sell its Kindle Fire and Google Nexus 7 challenger at a competitive price point believed to be in the region of £249-300.
He states: "Rather than just sell the original iPad 2 with a price cut, they've made a new product designed to be far less expensive from day one by combining old and new parts: the 32nm iPad 2s guts, larger-cut iPhone 3GS screens, a smaller case and battery, and the new iPhone's low-power LTE chip for $100 more."
Apple is expected to unveil the iPad Mini in October. Putative specs take in a 7.85-inch screen, a dual-core processor and the same new smaller dock connector mooted to be on board the next-gen Apple smartphone.