Apple will also step in the affordable tablet competition with a new smaller model of its iPad, which may be branded as iPad Mini. Apple will launch the iPad Mini in October according to a website which quoted its sources saying this. Notably, Apple is all set to announce the next generation iPhone model in the USA in first half of next month.
Apple has been reportedly working on a smaller tablet with sub 10-inch screen size for the masses. The object is to cater to the rising demand for an affordable tablet in emerging markets alongside the matured markets like the USA. The smaller iPad is reportedly to be branded as iPad Mini and will flaunt a 7.85-inch touchscreen display.
The competition of affordable 7-inch tablet has started to get interesting after Google and Asus introduced the Nexus 7 tablet after noticing response of Kindle Fire by Amazon.
While other companies are working to roll out a 7-inch tablet with powerful hardware and affordable price, Apple has similar plans but with different take obviously.
The Apple iPad Mini's 7.85-inch touchscreen might be a Retina display. The tablet could have also Apple's own mobile chips clocked-down for longer battery life and performance. By default, it would run the iOS 6 since the tablet is being released after the next iPhone which will come with iOS 6.
The iPad Mini might be offered in 8 GB and 16 GB storage sizes to make it fit the price bracket. The most interesting factor would be the price of the iPad Mini tablet and we anticipate it to be priced anywhere between $349 (Rs 19,250 approx.) to $399 (Rs 22,000).
The new Apple iPad Mini will be almost like a resized iPod Touch and smaller version of iPad tablets. We hope that there are more differential points to the tablet than just the size.