iPad Mini Event: 10 Things to Expect From Apple's Tablet Introduction

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2012-10-18 Print this article Print

5. A starting price of $249

According to the latest rumors, Apple might start the iPad Mini at $249. For that price, customers could land an 8GB model with WiFi-only connectivity. That won't necessarily impress too many customers, but the price just might. Apple's current iPad starts at $499. Saving $150 to get a new slate from the company would be great.

6. 4G LTE support for some models

Apple might set a new standard in the mobile space by delivering 4G LTE support in the iPad Mini. Other small tablets typically only support WiFi. If Apple can deliver both 3G and 4G LTE options, that would put the iPad Mini far ahead of its competitors.

7. Perhaps an Apple TV update

There has been talk over the last several months of a new Apple TV possibly launching. If that happens, the device would reportedly boast support from TV companies, allowing users to view and manage television content. It's a bit of a long shot, but it's possible a new Apple TV could launch soon.

8. The long-rumored 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina

For months now, we've been hearing that the MacBook Pro with Retina display could come in a 13-inch model. Considering there's already a 15-inch model, that seems to make some sense. But will Apple overshadow the iPad Mini with the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display? Time will tell.

9. Nexus 7, Kindle Fire barbs

If Apple likes to do anything at its events, it takes shots at competitors. So, expect the company to say some awfully mean things about the Google Nexus 7 and Amazon Kindle Fire HD. Of course, Apple likely won't mention the devices by name all that often, but it'll be clear which "7-inch competitors" it will be talking about.

10. A first step toward widespread redesigns

Apple's iPad is in need of a redesign. Luckily, the company is reportedly planning to come up with a new design concept in the iPad Mini. If all goes well, that device will feature the same design as the next bigger iPad. Don't expect Apple to make it clear that the iPad Mini will set the company on a march toward redesigns, but expect those redesigns to start making their way to store shelves in 2013.

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