iPad Mini: what we know so far

Apple has previously dismissed the 7-inch form factor for tablets but reports suggest that Apple has changed its mind

By Daniel Ionescu, PC World |  Consumerization of IT, ipad mini

John Gruber of Daring Fireball did the math and reached the conclusion that in order to maintain the same aspect ratio as the big iPad (thus making it a small iPad, and not a big iPod), the smaller tablet would have a 7.85-inch screen diagonally, with a resolution of 1024 by 768 pixels.

All in all, this would actually mean that at 7.85-inch diagonal and 4:3 aspect ratio, the smaller iPad would have almost 40 percent more screen estate than 7-inch tablets like the Nexus 7 or Kindle Fire.

Since the screen size debate has been the main focus on the smaller iPad, little is known about the other specs. Boy Genius Report reports via Chinese-language site MyDrivers that the smaller iPad would cost between $249 and $299 at launch, some $50 more than the starting price of the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire. In a separate report, the site also showed purported case renderings for the smaller iPad, indicating it would be 7.4 millimeters thin (new iPad is 9.3 millimeters thick), a hair over the 7.3 millimeters thin iPod touch.

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