BY | December 20, 2011

If everything goes well we are set to get fresh iPad experience next year. Apple iPad 3 and iPad Mini release is expected soon with new specs

The yearend is very close. So is the era of iPad 2. Internet rumor machines have started to produce prophecies over the arrival of the next iPad version, possibly an iPad 3. Along with the iPad 3 rumors, we recently have some rumors over the arrival of a new mid range iPad with a 7.85-inch display for late next year. Well, Apple is finally to hop into the crazy small tablet market with an outstanding iPad Mini.

Reports suggest that the new iPad 3 will get a completely new design. However, there is no clue from the side of Apple on the upcoming iPads. As per the company’s tradition, we won’t have any such clues until the device is announced in a press meet in its headquarters in Cupertino. Anyway, here we go through the features the new iPad 3 and iPad Mini are rumored to have.

What should be the iPad 3?
Apple’s next iPad tablet upgrade will probably be an iPad 3. It is because the company’s current model is named iPad 2. Many new capabilities and features are expected to land on the new iPad. As per some sources, the new iPad will have an entirely fresh shape and design. TVC-Mall, a Chinese parts retailer has posted a video that indicates some possible changes on iPad 3. According to Cydia Blog’s Mike, the video shows the new iPad will have a major re-design.

“The tail end of the part makes a “U-turn”, whereas the iPad 2′s Microphone Mic Flex Cable makes almost 90-degree turn both ways. Except for few details, the leaked part so far doesn’t offer a tantalizing tease,” writes Mr. Mike on the jailbreak blog explaining the video posted by the Chinese retailer. It simply means we are to get a totally overhauled iPad version next year.

There is further chance that the new iPad will have some radical innards modifications too. It is a time Android tablets are getting NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad core processors. So, Apple may unlikely wait to integrate a quad core processor in its new iPad. Indeed, only an iPad with quad core processor can take on Android products like Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime and many other pending tablets including the upgrade to Galaxy Tab 10.1.

What should be a Mini iPad?
Taiwanese technology blog DigiTimes has come up with a hot rumor over a new small size iPad from Apple. Claiming to have received from some reliable sources, the tech blog has reported that there will be a 7.85-inch mini iPad from Apple by the end of 2012. The Cupertino technology giant has made contracts with LG Display and AU Optronics (AUO) for 7.85-inch panels, the site reported.

In order to get along with the growing mid size tablet market, there is better chance Apple will bring out a 7-inch iPad edition. Of course, Apple’s former CEO Steve Jobs had denied the chance of a 7-inch iPad saying it is too small for software development. But in the new scenario, especially after the success of Amazon Kindle Fire, Apple might have changed their mind.

Once realized, iPad mini will be available for grabs for a price between $300 and $400, thus Apple can distract people from Kindle Fire, which is revolutionarily priced at $199. The tech world is abuzz with the rumor of Apple’s possible plan to launch a small iPad version. Indeed, the tech world will welcome such a product, because it can make the 7-inch tablet market far more vigorous.

See below what DigiTimes reports of the upcoming iPad mini,

“However, in order to cope with increasing market competition including the 7-inch Kindle Fire from Amazon and the launch of large-size smartphones from handset vendors, Apple has been persuaded into the development of 7.85-inch iPads, the sources indicated.”

Wrap-up
Apple iPad sits pretty well in the tablet market. As per DigiTimes, more than 60 million tablets are already sold out across the world, in which 70 percent are Apple iPads. It clearly indicates the extent of penetration iPad has made into the global tablet markets. Of course, we can expect some brilliant products and upgrades from the iPad maker now for coming years.

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  • John

    There is no way they will make a 7in iPad. More likely, they will keep the iPad 2 at a reduced price, like the iPhone 3gs and 4.

  • steven rohmer

    its funny to hear the phrase, global tablet market. wasn’t it apple created that, before didn’t exist, market. of course, you expect and hope that apple is always ahead and surprising people

  • Nathan

    What date does the iPad mini come out

  • Another John

    John, I almost agree with you. I doubt that Apple will come out with a 7 inch mini iPad. But the rumors are hot and heave and Jobs is dead. Apple has always been a bit Henry Fordish, though. “You can buy my car in any color you want as long as it’s black.” Apple has decided what we’ve wanted and made it and, amazingly enough, they’ve been right frequently. I’m a bit of a country boy, so I like to think in terms of tractors now and again. If you list the names of all the models of Ford tractors–yes they made tractors–on a piece of paper, you’d have room left over on the bottom to make notes. If you made a list of all the models of Massey-Ferguson tractors, you’d need a few sheets of paper. MF made them in all sizes, shapes and configurations. No one size fits all Ford attitude. Ford doesn’t make tractors any more. Massey-Ferguson does. Apple may be forced to move to a 7 inch by the market. If people start with a 7 inch and it’s not Apple, because there is no Apple 7 inch, they’re lass likely to move up and down the Apple product line. If there’s a 7 inch market, Apple needs to be there or suffer. Personally, I’m looking for an 8.5 x 11 inch tablet, like that’s going to happen.

    Another John

    Proud owner of a Massey-Ferguson tractor, two Apple computers, and one Asus net-book (and taking a serious look at the Transformer Prime).

  • mike

    I want 5″ & 7″ & 10″ with 125 gig memory with usb port & sd card slot. I would pay any money for that.

  • Greg

    The rumor might have a serious foundation. 7″ table device users, even if costs are not considered, are in a totally different market to 10″ users. It all depends on the use and 10″ device cannot be held in one hand. So, it is a bit hard to use in, say, public transport.

    In my IT literate office, even avid book readers are divided of what to use and some have both Apple and small Samsung Galaxy tablets.

  • Dr. R. Padmanabhan

    I would very much like to see a 5″ iPod touch or a 7″ iPad mini to compete with Galaxy Player 5.0 and 7″ players like Kindle fire et al. Also, none of these non-apple tablets have 300,000 apps. So by just by producing such pocketable tablet computers, Apple will be in an excellent position to address a new market, sell more tablets and more apps. It is a win-win situation for Apple and consumers like me.

  • Susan

    If a mini comes out, I will be in line to buy one!

  • Applebean

    Yes I think iPad 3 and iPad Mimi are for different user groups.I guess iPad 3 will have many new consumers who may have never purchased Apple product before. As before iPad, most Apple product were computers and phones. While now many educators are using them for lectures. Think about in future every student in university brings iPad to class instead of a bag of heavy books. Also a iPad is good for home use as a book tool, use for a cooking guider or a yoga instructor. The applications in Apple stores no longer limit to certain groups customers who mainly were high technology lovers. A housewife could be interested in for a cooking book or a five year kid needs it for learning drawings or pioano. The size is critical for these purposes. Not many would like reading or drawing on a little screen. So again Steve is genius.

    There will be some popularity in iPad mini. However I think size of 7.6 or 7.8 is better than 7 inch. Why? As Apple need to be a little differential on their products to allow extra price. Why I would pay more for same size screen as other product. I predict that iPod touch might start to be out of market once iPad mini comes out. So it will offset the new increased sale of iPad mini.

  • Eliott Rodgers

    I really wanted the iPad to be a 7 inch model, but I bought the iPad one as soon as it came out. In many ways is serves me well, but since I am not a big fan of the on screen keyboard (I use a Bluetooth keyboard to input text, I would welcome a 7 inch to do what the iPad does best for me – web browse, text read, email and some document storage. I would carry a 7 inch much more readily that have to lug a backpack with a the iPad I now have.
    At the same time, if the iPad3 offered a major performance boost over my iPad1, I might be inclined to buy it as my primary portable.