Just because it is intended to cater to the entry-level tablet market, don’t expect Apple’s so-called ‘iPad mini’ tablet to be any less elegant than any other product the Cupertino-based company has designed. In fact, Tokepa analyst Brian White has been talking to Asian component suppliers and claims that Apple’s iPad mini — or whatever it is called — could be even more sleek and sexy looking than the full-sized iPad.
“Apple did not skimp on the aesthetics of the much anticipated ‘iPad Mini.’ In fact, we believe the ‘iPad Mini’ could outshine the new iPad in terms of how the device feels in a consumer’s hands,” White says. “The new ‘iPad Mini’ is more challenging to produce than prior iPad iterations. We believe supply will initially be constrained.”
According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple’s manufacturing partners in Asia have received orders to make more than 10 million iPad mini tablets during the fourth quarter. The iPad mini is expected to compete with other 7-inch tablet offerings, including Amazon’s Kindle Fire and Google’s Nexus 7. Apple is expected to announce the tablet before the end of this year, potentially in the next few weeks.