Apple is working on a smaller, cheaper version of the iPad tablet according to a rumour hailing from China. The iPad Mini will cost between $249 and $299 – around £200, then – and will arrive in the third quarter of the year. A bit like Keanu Reeves – this rumour may look the part, but it’s pretty unconvincing.
The latest iPad Mini rumbling was published by Chinese website Netease, and translated into English by gaming site Kotaku. It suggests that the small tablet will launch later this year to combat the incoming waves of Windows 8 tablets, with six million of the things set to be ready for sale by release day. Netease also says it’ll be significantly cheaper than the current iPad, starting at $249 rather than $499.
Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs derided the idea of 7in tablets in 2010, but could the man many labelled a creative visionary have changed his mind? While Tim Cook has been Apple CEO since August 24 2011, this is too short a period for Cook to put his own stamp on products due to launch this year. Rome wasn’t built in a day, neither was the new iPad.
This Netease rumour doesn’t make any claims about the iPad Mini’s spec list, but previous possibly made-up titbits have suggested it has a 7in-ish screen and is very much like a shrunken iPad. Earlier this year, The Daring Fireball’s John Gruber claimed Apple already has a working prototype in its labs, although admitted at the time that it may never ship as a finished product.
What do you think? Is this iPad Mini rumour hogwash or prime rib?