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iPad mini rumor rollup for the week ending Oct. 12

John Cox | Oct. 15, 2012
The iOSphere throbbed with rumors of the mythical smaller iPad. There were photos, speculations, hopes and fears.

We kind of know that the design will be "different" because it's, like, smaller. And we're not sure that DigiTimes means by a "similar material" to that used in the existing iPad. What's similar to aluminum?

The rest of the iOSphere mined this post for still more details. As CNET's Brooke Crothers notes, the DigiTimes post "could mean the device won't show up till after October."

Or never. "If there is a device. The iPad Mini is, of course, an unconfirmed product to begin with. So it's hard to say with a straight face that a rumored product can actually be delayed," Crothers writes.

That's why faces in the iOSphere are always smiling.

iPad mini delay doesn't upset very many people

A recent survey says that the unreleased and unannounced iPad mini is already Apple most least-desired iProduct.

A survey of visitors to TechBargains.com, a deal aggregation site for electronic products found that only 18% of survey respondents "plan to purchase the iPad Mini. 50% of those surveyed are not interested in buying the iPad Mini and 32% are undecided. This is compared to 45% of respondents from the same survey who planned to purchase the new iPhone," according to a press release.

And even the 18% don't seem wildly enthusiastic: 14% of them are willing to stand in line to buy it the day it's released, but 66% "don't have a set time frame for purchase," according to TechBargain.

Their "most desired features" in the itsyPad: 78% want a USB port, 77% desire a Retina screen, 75% hope for a memory card slot and 74% would like better speakers than the current iPad. Hope springs eternal: Apple's mobile designs have never accommodated USB or memory cards.

iPad mini stripped of cellular, Wi-Fi only

The tiny tablet will only be available with Wi-Fi, lacking a cellular option. That's the word via a story posted at the U.K.-based The Guardian, by Charles Arthur.

"Industry sources indicated to the Guardian that they do not expect to see 3G-capable versions of the iPad mini," according to Arthur. "That would allow Apple to produce it comparatively cheaply and to limit the top price of the product, while retaining mobile broadband connectivity for its pricier iPad line."

Arthur didn't offer anything more specific about his sources, including whether the sources were from the mobile components industry, the tablet industry, or the blogging-and-email-tips industry.

Yet it's not clear why Apple would refuse to offer buyers a cellular option for a smaller tablet, if they want it. Apple's pricing for the current iPads is very simple and very clear: You get a choice of three Wi-Fi models, based on storage capacity, and you have the option of adding $130 to the price tag of any of them if you opt for cellular connectivity.

 

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