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What to Expect for the iPad Mini: News and Rumors

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A look at its potential price, release date, and features.

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Release Date

While everyone expects Apple will officially reveal the iPad Mini tomorrow, rumors say the tablet will hit stores on November 2 in the US and the UK. TechCrunch (via AppleInsider) reported Friday that it received word of a November 2 ship date for the tablet.

Geeky Gadgets and 9to5Mac both corroborate this date from different sources. Geeky Gadgets referenced someone close to a major UK retailer, who also accurately predicted the iPhone 5 release date. 9to5Mac tweeted that it heard this date from various sources.

TechCrunch believes the week-and-a-half between announcement and shipment aligns with schedules of past Apple product launches. Apple announced the iPhone 5 on September 12 with sales at retail stores beginning on September 21.

The Geeky Gadgets source predicts pre-ordering for the iPad Mini will be begin on October 26 (the same date as the Microsoft (NYSE:MSFT) Surface RT tablet launch), though the source expressed less confidence in this date. TechCrunch heard no pre-order date from its source.

Features & Specifications

Almost all rumors and reports have stated that the tablet will come with a 7.85-inch display. The most reliable report came from Brian White of Topeka Capital Markets, who visited Apple's Asian component suppliers and said he held a "pilot" iPad Mini.

According to AppleInsider, the display itself may be the first to employ "GF2" touchscreen technology. This technology could make the device 18% thinner than the current third-generation iPad. KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo stated in a research note in August that the iPad Mini will feature GF Ditto technology, potentially giving the company a three to five year advantage over its rival as the first company to commercially mass produce the technology. This technology may become the industry leader for small form tablets.

Images released on October 1 by Nowhereelse (via Apple Insider) shows a dummy iPad mini with a thickness of 7.69 millimeters. The new iPad with Retina display is 9.91 millimeters in thickness.
The author has a postion in Microsoft.
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