Rumors say the iPad Mini is coming. Batten down the hatches, board up the windows, and all that hyperbole, because the cheap tablet space is about to go off. Information about the device is still scarce, particularly alongside rumblings of the iPhone 5, but a new tidbit out of 9to5Mac suggests the iPad Mini could arrive with a small bezel along the sides, separate volume buttons, and a mic on the back. Basically, even more than the iPad is right now, a large iPhone.
Apparently, as the thinking goes, a 7-inch tablet with a small bezel is typically held from behind (think of Kindle Fire, Nexus 7, PlayBook) when it’s in portrait mode, and gripped on the sides when in landscape. With this in mind, and assuming all consumers follow this train of thought, no accidental touches will be registered when in portrait mode, unless someone grips it — like gripping a book — from the sides.
9to5Mac goes on to speculate on other factors from previously leaked shells and cases. There will be a front facing camera for video conference, though there might not be a rear camera to keep costs down. In addition, the iPad Mini may come with an LTE option, which would give it a leg up over the Fire and Nexus 7.
Price is still a point of contention, as is when the device will launch. Reports have said we could expect an announcement on September 12, with a launch later that month or in early October. An early launch would give the company time to heighten awareness of the product, and align the iPad Mini to go up against the competition.