iPad Mini to Resemble a Large iPod Touch: Report
Though some reports say the rumored iPad Mini will look and feel like a large iPod Touch, others counter the claim.The latest rumors concerning Apple's alleged iPad Mini tablet say the device will look very similar to the company's iPod Touch media player, only larger, according to a report on the Apple-centric blog 9to5Mac. Citing unnamed sources, the report also claimed the iPad Mini would have small bezels along the portrait sides of the device, as well as two volume buttons, instead of a tandem "rocker" design found on the iPad. Speculation over the device, including a purported release window sometime in October, has accelerated in recent months as mock-ups of smaller cases have begun circulating as analyst predictions and unconfirmed reports pile up. A recent survey from Pricegrabber suggests that though Apple has shown no official interest in building a 7-inch iPad (Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was famously dismissive of the idea), consumers are quite interested in buying one. Slightly more than half the survey respondents said they would consider purchasing an iPad Mini for approximately $250 to $300.
The iPad is widely considered to have a 7.85-inch screen and be thinner and lighter than the full-size iPad. John Gruber of the blog Daring Fireball, which covers Apple (among other topics), posted an in-depth piece regarding the iPad Mini and countered the idea that the device would resemble the iPod Touch. "I expect the iPad Mini will bear more resemblance to a full-size iPad than it will to an iPhone or iPod Touch," he wrote. "For one thing, it's closer in size to the iPad-as-we-know it, and for another, all credible reports (along with several of my own little birdies) point to the smaller iPad keeping the 4:3 display aspect ratio."