This is how the iPad Mini will probably look

The device on the right? The current iPod Touch. The device in the back? The new iPad. The device on the left? One of the rumoured designs of the upcoming iPad Mini, according to 9to5Mac. The site claims to have received a number of tips about Apple's answer to the 7 inch tablets other companies are offering, such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7, the Kindle Fire and the Google Nexus 7. A recurring rumour is that the iPad Mini will have smaller bezels along the side like the iPod Touch, instead of being just a scaled down version of the current iPad.

It's quite logical to use smaller bezels, because you don't need to hold on to the sides of the device because of its 7 inch size. That way the screen tends to be a little bit bigger than the competition offers, if Apple decides to keep the current aspect ratio of the iPad. The claims are backed up by Apple blogger John Gruber in a lengthy post on his blog, who reportedly has sources at Apple. He states that the current iPad has the thick bezel because you need a place for your thumbs when holding it, while the iPhone and iPod Touch don't have that problem. So if the size of the iPad Mini is small and light enough, say around 7 inch, why use a thick bezel?

Gruber also thinks that the iPad Mini, or the iPad Air as some sites like to call it, will be just as 'thick' as the iPod Touch with 7.2 mm. Weight is important too if Apple's wants us to hold the iPad Mini with one hand, so it will probably be a lot lighter as well, with the current iPad weighing 1.44 pounds (652 g).

Source: 9to5Mac | Images via 9to5Mac

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If Aple makes this device, the 10" iPad is going to die. Steve Jobs ridiculed other EOM saying thy would abandon 7" tablets because no oen would buy them and they would be DOA and OEM's would move to 10" because it was a better size.

Sales numbers show 7" is actually perfect because it does what a smaller device does and a bigger device without being to big or too small. Shows Steve Jobs was totally stupid.

But liek All Apple-fans, its easy to criticize something you never used as they liek to say to us. Fans always tell us, you must dont own or have ever used an Apple device to be able to say somethign bad about it.

Now who's copying B&^%$. 7" DOA, so why is your 7" ay less DOA?
Also with iPod Touch sales dropping, no refresh to the TOuch for 2 years, its time for the Touch toappear as a tablet now. But wait, its been done. The iPad is basically a 9.7" Touch.

They could have called it the iPod Touch XXL when it first came out.
Looks boring becaus ethey changed nothing. They simply took an iPad and saled it fdown or a TOuch and scaled it up, depending on how you see it. Same look, same style, same apps, same junk. I feel the same about it, KEEP IT!

I have an Ipad, taking it and giving it to my wife an getting the Note or the Surface Pro. That way I actually ahve a device I can use and not stare at for endless moments doing nothing.

It makes sense, I think this is how it will look. I think there will be a smaller iPad and I think it will be a HUGE hit for Apple. IT will clean up the cheaper lower end. Women will love it because it will slip in their hand bag.

This, if true, bugs the s**t clean out of me.
Why? The Mini looks awesome, like a tablet should, thin bezel on at least 50% of the area around the screen. Why can't every other tablet look like that, huh?! Even the iPad is clunky looking compared to the Mini's cut down bezel.
Bah, see if it's a patent crap situation that Apple are holding close to their chest, I'll be very angry.

Hope every other manufacturer files a BS claim that they came up with a 7 inch tablet first. Might teach Mapple a lesson

Too thin a bezel will allow your palm touching the display, thence triggering unexpected actions. This is likely why the current ipads have the thumb width size bezel. I sure hope that's not the final product. And I don't think it's an iPad, I think it's the remote for whatever TV product they are going to announce.

Oh, yes, Jobs was such a god. Especially when was so adamant that there was no market for 7" tablets.

One of the main reasons I bought an original Galaxy 7 was its portability. I have no interest in living a 10" behemoth around with me. I'd sooner carry a tablet PC.

LazLong said,
Oh, yes, Jobs was such a god. Especially when was so adamant that there was no market for 7" tablets.

One of the main reasons I bought an original Galaxy 7 was its portability. I have no interest in living a 10" behemoth around with me. I'd sooner carry a tablet PC.


To each his own I guess. Personally I don't see the need for a 7" device.
If the device doesn't fit in your pocket, you need to carry it in a bag.
If you're going to carry a bag you might as well go for the regular 10" iPad or a laptop instead.

I really don't believe that. The bezel is essential to the usability of the iPad, using current iOS software - you have to have something to hold it by, or software to distinguish between the hand that is holding it and the hand that is using it. That's not a problem with the iPhone, since you can hold it in one hand, but with the iPad you're going to end up touching the screen if you don't have a relatively thick bezel.

Take photo of ipad, use photoshop to shrink 30% width and 30% height, post photo "This is what it might look like"... rofl..

The device on the right? The current iPod Touch.

Ummmm the device on the right is an iPhone. Seriously? It only has the phone option in the picture?

Tech Star said,

Ummmm the device on the right is an iPhone. Seriously? It only has the phone option in the picture?

I was about to comment on that, I own a 64GB iPod Touch 4G and I know what it looks like.

daz411 said,
I just hope it has a retina display

Doubt it. They'll go with 1024x768 probably to hit the price point this year. Maybe next year or the year after it will get a retina upgrade.

Stetson said,

Doubt it. They'll go with 1024x768 probably to hit the price point this year. Maybe next year or the year after it will get a retina upgrade.

Doubt it won't have retina. The clear trend for all iDevices is retina display, and I don't think they'll leave this in the dust.

superconductive said,

Doubt it won't have retina. The clear trend for all iDevices is retina display, and I don't think they'll leave this in the dust.

No, the clear trend is to not include obvious features, then include them in a later generation to get people to upgrade...

rfirth said,

No, the clear trend is to not include obvious features, then include them in a later generation to get people to upgrade...

+1 , That is pretty much how iDevices are released.

rfirth said,

No, the clear trend is to not include obvious features, then include them in a later generation to get people to upgrade...

Yes believe me I understand that, but I think this is probably an exception - 3 devices so far (iphone, ipad, macbook pro) have retina display. In view of this, my feeling is that in order to really attract customers to ipad mini they will want to boast about it's retina display. Only time will tell I guess

superconductive said,

Yes believe me I understand that, but I think this is probably an exception - 3 devices so far (iphone, ipad, macbook pro) have retina display. In view of this, my feeling is that in order to really attract customers to ipad mini they will want to boast about it's retina display. Only time will tell I guess


I don't think the iPhone has a retina display...

dotslash said,

Really? Like all iphones, it's ugly and boring.

Your opinion... Millions of others would say otherwise.
So I suppose you think the eye soar Nexus 7 is a thing of beauty, right?

dotslash said,

Really? Like all iphones, it's ugly and boring.

Everything is ugly and boring about iPhone. Because that is the most objective way to criticize it /s.

Astra.Xtreme said,

Your opinion... Millions of others would say otherwise.
So I suppose you think the eye soar Nexus 7 is a thing of beauty, right?

he reason why its ugly and boring is because Apple can't innovate its own products. The Devices have been using the same style and look for 6 generations. Its ugly because we've grown tired of it. We need something new. This is why HTC is suffering big time. The HTC Desire line of devices which inslude the Incredible, Thunderbolt and One series and others I didnt name, basically all look alike, with varied hardware configuration. The same as Samsung has done with the Galaxy S series until the 3 where all the phones are now identical but the previous 2 models have lots of carrier variants.

It shows Apple really has no design capability whatsoever unless they steal someone elses. The Intel Mac have basically remained nearly identical since 2007. Here we are 5 years later and basically no change other than hey look we have a screen that has more pixels than you tv...big deal.

Its boring. Its old.
Are you saying that in 6 years of being with the same partner, you dont wish your partner looked like someone else? I mean be realistic. Many car company's keep the same car roughly 3 years. During that time, they do basic cosmetic changes mostly to lights and grill so you can tell them apart. By the time the 4th model comes it usualy a more radical change.

Other device makers are doing relatively new designs year after year. For a device we have to wait 365+ days for, the new device shoudl actually be new. Not the same device in a different size. Its boring, thus making it ugly.

Yes it still prettier than most devices sold, but that isnt the problem. The problem is its not changing.

TechieXP said,
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I'm not sure where you've been, but the iPhone design from the 1st gen to the 4S has changed dramatically. What do you expect a PHONE to look like? Should it have 22" rims and a solid rocket booster? Get real...