iPad Mini: 10 Features Apple Users Can Expect

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2012-09-06 Print this article Print

NEWS ANALYSIS: Apple's iPad Mini hasn't even launched yet, but as more details emerge, it's becoming clearer that the device has a high likelihood of succeeding.

Apple's iPad Mini is rumored to be launching in October. At a special press event, Apple will discuss its focus for the product, and let the world know why it believes its Google Nexus 7 competitor might just be the tablet most worth their hard-earned dollars. It's something we've heard often from Apple. And it follows the company's belief that, when it's all said and done, it's delivering the very best products on the market.

But whether consumers might believe that, remains to be seen. According to the latest reports, Apple's iPad Mini won't come with all of the fixings found in the company's higher-end new iPad.

Of course, all of this talk about the iPad Mini is speculation based on what is believed to be reliable rumors. Apple has, as is its wont, decided against divulging any details on the device. The company hasn't even confirmed that it exists. Still, not even Apple can hide a tablet from the world's prying eyes. And chances are, the following features will make their way to the device.

1. A 7.85-inch display

Apple's iPad Mini will ship with a 7.85-inch display, according to all of the latest rumors. The new iPad, in comparison, comes with a 9.7-inch screen. However, if the 7.85-inch screen arrives, it'll be slightly larger than the 7-inch option available in the Nexus 7.

2. Dual cameras for FaceTime

Apple has made it clear that FaceTime is the future for its video-communication efforts. So it's highly likely that the iPad Mini will come with dual cameras, allowing users to both snap pictures with the rear option and engage in video chats with the front lens.

3. No Retina display

Although it would be nice to see the Retina display make an appearance on the iPad Mini, the chances of that seem slim. Apple is trying to hit a much lower price point with the iPad Mini, and in order to do so, it'll need to leave some features out. The Retina display might be just one of those features.

4. iOS 6, of course

Apple's iOS 6 platform is scheduled to launch this fall, putting it in a perfect position to make its way to the iPad Mini. Apple can't stand the idea of any of its products not running the latest software. So when the iPad Mini launches, expect it to come bundled with iOS 6.

Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.

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