Apple is about as good at keeping secrets as my 3yr old is. An email invitation has been sent out for an event next week stating that the company has "a little more to show". I think that the emphasis is on the word 'little' and the iPad Mini will be launched. But only time will tell!
Apple have sold over 84 million iPads including the original iPad (released April 2010), the iPad 2 and the newest iPad. The iPad is however out of the price range of a lot of families. The biggest feature of the iPad Mini for most families will be that it is more affordable than it's big brother the iPad. With pricing expected to start at $250-350 for the base model the release of the iPad Mini is going to skyrocket sales of iPads to well over 100 million by the end of 2012.
It has been rumoured that the iPad Mini will have a 7.85 inch screen in order to compete with other companies that run Google's Android operating System on 7 inch tablets. But why the extra .85 inches? Is it out of respect for Steve Jobs who repeatedly dismissed the functionality of a 7 inch device or will that extra .85 inch really make a difference to it's usability?
Apple knows how to push my buttons - they know that I will buy my kids some iPad Mini's for travelling, then I'll get really really annoyed with the different charging sockets and will go out and upgrade to iPad 3's and an iPhone 5. I despise having different cords for everything and suspect that I'm not the only one.
In keeping with Apple's current iPad line-up it is expected that both WiFi & 3G versions will be available, along with the choice of their usual 16, 32 & 64GB storage. What's going to be different about the iPad Mini then? Apart from (obviously) it's size and new charge sockets, it may have 2 speakers instead of one and there's a possibility that it will also have phone capabilities, which would give it an edge on their competitors.
There will be hype.
There will be line-ups at Apple stores days before its release.
It's Apple & it's inevitable. That is IF this event is to launch the iPad Mini.
Lisa M lives in Australia where everything happens first including the sale of new Apple products. She is not crazy enough to line up overnight to get her hands on anything but Prince tickets.