The iPad mini – it’s still a potential work of fiction, but with so many rumours popping up about it every week, we’re starting to believe the story. The latest rumblings suggest one more that it’ll feature a 4:3 aspect screen like the full-size iPad, and will be made in Brazil.
For the average gadget fan, the news about the screen size may at first seem more interesting, but its Brazilian roots are arguably more noteworthy. Most recent rumours have suggested already that the iPad mini will feature a 7.85-ish inch screen with the same resolution as the first two iPads – 1,024 x 768 pixels – however, being made in Brazil is a turn up for the books. Apple’s best-known (and at times most infamous) point of manufacture is Foxconn’s plants in China.
This news comes from Japanese blog Macotakara, citing a Chinese source. A 4:3 aspect will make the iPad mini wider than the current big-news 7-inch tablets – the Amazon Kindle Fire and Google Nexus 7 – but Macotakara writes that Apple’s entry will be significantly slimmer. It’ll reportedly use a similar design to the current iPod touch, with a smooth chrome rear.
Apple’s iPad mini is expected to launch later this year, possibly alongside the next-generation iPhone. Rumours indicate the phone will launch in September or October.