It seems the Apple rumour-merchants on the web are reappraising their expectations of what the iPad Mini will look like, and have concluded that a leaner, narrower model is the likeliest outcome. In fact, the expected 7.85-inch tablet will apparently look more like a large iPod touch than a small iPad.
This image stemmed from a number of tips that the iPad Mini was to do away with the iPad’s thick side bezel, producing a near edge-to-edge display.
When you think about it, this makes a lot of sense. The iPad, with its 9.7-inch 4:3 display, requires those wide borders in order to hold it. It’s too big a device to get a grip in any other way.
When you look at 7-inch tablets like the Google Nexus 7, however, these can be held in one hand. Of course, such mini-tablets also have a longer, thinner aspect ratio. That’s why an iPad Mini with its iPad-matching ‘short and fat’ aspect ratio would benefit from losing a little meat at the sides, so it could be held in the same way as its direct rivals.
Given that other reports have suggested the iPad Mini won’t come with a Retina display, it’s quite likely that Apple will go with an extremely slim, lightweight device that’s all screen.
So, a large iPod touch, essentially.
Current thinking (based on a lack of leaked parts) puts the iPad Mini's likely launch dateafter the release of the iPhone 5 in September.