Apple iPad Mini to Actually Be Called ‘iPad Mini’ When it Launches in October?

Back in April rumours emerged regarding Apple’s plan to release a 7.85-inch contender to compete in the market for the mid-sized multimedia tablets – a trend set out by Amazon’s Kindle Fire and embraced for Android this year with the Google Nexus 7.

With production seemingly underway in China shortly after the speculation broke cover, Apple’s new little number became referred to as the ‘iPad Mini’ and according to reports today that’s exactly what it’ll be known as when it’s believed to be officially announced this October in time for sale this Christmas. The next iPad – the iPad Mini was initially thought to be identical to the third gen iPad launched earlier this year, in all but size.

That includes the super-sharp retina display, HD camera and up-to date iOS software which comes along with the 9.7-inch edition. But more recent news has suggested the iPad Mini may not be proportionate in its down-sizing and will actually be thinner and feature smaller bezels than big bro – meaning more coverage of the touchscreen display.

Back in July (following a teaser from UK retailer Curry’s), Apple confirmed the existence of the tablet. Telling the New York Times that “The company is developing a new tablet with a 7.85-inch screen that is likely to sell for significantly less than the latest $499 iPad, with its 9.7-inch display, according to several people with knowledge of the project who declined to be named discussing confidential plans. The product is expected to be announced this year.”

Despite a pretty firm suggestion of what it’ll be called when it launches, we still await the official word from Apple.

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