Despite numerous part leaks surrounding the purported next-generation iPhone, rumors about the so-called “iPad mini” have been scarce until now. It has now been learned by 9to5Mac that the smaller 7.85-inch iPad will likely resemble a larger iPod touch with thinner bezels along the screen and seperate volume buttons instead of a “rocker” switch like the fourth-generation iPod touch has.
The smaller iPad is also expected to have a microphone on the back of the tablet, redesigned speaker grills and the smaller dock connector that we’ve been hearing about for weeks. Additional mockups of the iPad mini suggest that the tablet also has rear- and front-facing cameras akin to the current 9.7-inch iPad, while the headphone jack and power button appear to remain on the top of the tablet.
It has been rumored that Apple will release the iPad mini alongside its next-generation iPhone at a special media event on September 12th. The iPad mini is expected to compete with tablets in the entry level market including Amazon’s Kindle Fire and Google’s new Nexus 7 tablet. More iPad mini designs and schematics are just ahead. Do you think there is a need for the iPad mini?