Apple's iPad Mini: Thinner, Lighter and Narrower

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    A trio of reports out today is beginning to pin down some more rumored details for Apple's smaller "iPad mini", suggesting that the device will carry a narrower profile than previously thought and perhaps match the iPod touch's 7.2 mm thickness.

    The first report comes from 9to5 Mac, which claims that the iPad mini will "look like a big iPod touch", with narrower bezels along the sides of the device paired with more traditional, thicker bezels at the top and bottom.
    The report goes on to speculate that the iPad mini will offer at least a front-facing camera and perhaps LTE connectivity on some models, and a lack of significant part leaks suggests that the device may not be ready to begin shipping for several more months.

    The second report comes from iMore, which backs up the earlier report and offers its own thoughts on the iPad mini's design, as well as a rendering of the rumored device.
    Finally, Daring Fireball's John Gruber shares his thoughts on the device, including his belief that some of the leaked rear shell photos may indeed be genuine given the similarities seen among several independent leaks. Gruber goes on to argue in support of the narrower side bezels, noting that with the device falling in between the full-size iPad and the iPod touch its design is likely to similarly fall somewhere between the two existing devices.
    Gruber goes on to perform some calculations estimating the size of the iPad mini at roughly 200 x 135 mm, only slightly larger than Google's Nexus 7 despite having a screen 0.85 inches larger diagonally, a feat made possible by the narrow side bezels on the iPad mini.

    But with a thickness in line with the iPod touch, the iPad mini would be one-third thinner than the Nexus 7 and thus encompass roughly one-third less volume and one-third less weight. Comparing this to the Nexus 7's weight of 340 grams, Gruber suggests that the iPad mini could weigh just 265 grams, marking a major weight savings over the full-size iPad while still retaining a reasonable display size.

    Details on Apple's release plans for the iPad mini remain up in the air, but iMore appears to be standing by its earlier claim that the device will be introduced at Apple's iPhone media event reportedly set for September 12. Unlike the next-generation iPhone, it will likely be a fair amount of time before the iPad mini actually launches, with the company likely to begin ramping production to achieve availability just in time for the holiday shopping season.

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  2. Radio, Aug 14, 2012
    Last edited: Aug 14, 2012

    Radio macrumors 68000

    Mar 5, 2012
    Central California
    Who would have guessed??!?!

    an ipad mini that is thinner lighter and narrower?

    blows the mind away!

  3. Brandon-411 macrumors newbie

    Jul 15, 2010
    Macville, USA.
    Would your finger not go over that tiny bezel and touch the screen?
  4. SPNarwhal macrumors 65816


    Apr 22, 2009
    I would actually assume that an iPad XL would be thinner as well, since it has more surface area to fit things inside of. They're fitting an iPad into a smaller screen size, so if it actually were to be thicker even, it wouldn't be surprising.

    Not as obvious as you think.
  5. bwillwall macrumors 6502a


    Dec 24, 2009
    Thats interesting, I bet Apple can pull it off :) The mockup is meh but I mean I have to get used to lots of Apple design before I like it :apple:
  6. brock2621 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 8, 2007
    iPod touch thin!? Holy crap...

    If its truly that thin I might trade in my "New iPad" if I can manage to lose the retina :confused:

    I'm pumped to see the announcement and will definitely be picking up a couple of these for longer distance family to FaceTime with.

    $249 is key, I hope they hit that...
  7. MythicFrost macrumors 68040


    Mar 11, 2009
    The bezel appears to be too small. I don't want my thumb accidentally touching the display when I'm holding it by the side bezel.
  8. east85 macrumors 65816


    Jun 24, 2010
    I will probably buy one of these at the right price point. I simply can't justify the need for a tablet at $500+. I think Apple is making a good decision here. Even though they are a little late in this segment, they're still ahead of the game and that's what counts.
  9. AppleHater macrumors 6502a

    Jun 9, 2010
    I'm more curious about the pricing than anything else. We have to see where the mini hits between iPad and iPod Touch in pricing without invalidating iPod Touch.
  10. EbookReader macrumors 65816

    Apr 3, 2012
    Price for Ipad Mini would be interesting especially if Microsoft price the Surface at $199 as rumored.

    Microsoft can weather the loss like they did with XBOX ($3.5 billion loss by 2005).

    Microsoft is losing BADLY in the mobile battle (smartphone and tablet). It needs to do something "unexpected" in order to gain marketshare. What better way than price?

    Smartphone: Windows has a 3.5% marketshare compare to 68.1% for Android.
    Tablet: 0%
  11. D.T. macrumors G3


    Sep 15, 2011
    Vilano Beach, FL
    How? Seems like having less inert grip area would make it tricker to hold.
  12. HiRez macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2004
    Western US
    The thinner bezel on the sides doesn't make sense to me. They compare it to the iPhone, but the iPhone you cradle your entire hand around. You can't do that with an iPad Mini size device. Furthermore, you want to read, ideally, in portrait mode, and the thin bezels seem like they'd make it more difficult to hold, not easier.
  13. Fainer macrumors member

    Jun 12, 2009

    Haven't we already heard that joke before?!
  14. aziatiklover macrumors 68030


    Jul 12, 2011
    Location: and
    Yeap same here. My money is ready! iPod touch thin do want!
  15. WatchTheThrone macrumors regular


    Aug 2, 2011
    Here's why....Apple once said they were not scared of cannibalizing their pc sales with the iPad but I believe they are scared of cannibalizing their iPad sales!! iPhone is in a whole different league to do it but an iPad mini would kill off the bigger iPad!! Why buy a 600$ iPad when you can get the mini with a slightly smaller screen for a much lower price??
    iPad is killing everything right now why mess with success??
  16. bacaramac macrumors 65816


    Dec 29, 2007
    Funny thing is, when the iPad first came out, everyone was saying the bezel was thick and needed to be smaller. Even I thought so, but once I bought the first iPad, I never looked back and love having the thicker bezel.
  17. Hakone macrumors 6502a

    Oct 5, 2011
    Southern California
  18. Icaras macrumors 603


    Mar 18, 2008
    California, United States
    If it uses the same AX with matched GPU performance, has a retina display, and can also go up to 64GB just like it's big brother, I may consider going mini.
  19. Hastings101 macrumors 68020


    Jun 22, 2010
    Hope this product really is released. A smaller, less bulky iPad would be much more useable on the go and it wouldn't stick out so much.
  20. CrAkD macrumors 68040


    Feb 15, 2010
    Boston, MA
    If they hold off and launch this thing in nov or god forbid dec it's going to be mass hysteria in the apple store they will be going for a grand on eBay. It will be the have to have holiday gift
  21. iBreatheApple macrumors 68030


    Sep 3, 2011
  22. dontwalkhand macrumors 603


    Jul 5, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    I am already enjoying my iPad mini, an iPhone!
  23. jimjeffers macrumors newbie

    May 14, 2012
    Incorrectly stated Nexus 7 weight.

    There is a typo that read confusingly so I checked on Daring Fireball's post. Your post states the iPad mini could be lighter than the nexus 7. But the article states the nexus 7 at 240g when in fact you meant to type 340g.

    Not trolling -- just trying to help out as it threw me off at first!
  24. FlameofAnor macrumors regular

    Feb 23, 2011
    If it doesn't have a retina screen, which I doubt it will, it will not kill off the bigger iPad. Sorry, but a smaller screen at a lower resolution won't appeal to many people. When you use a retina device, everything else seems meh.

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