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Bryan M. Wolfe
| May 15, 2012
Another iPad Mini Rumor Suggests Release This Year
With much of the blogosphere opining on what the new iPhone may look like, we’ve got a new rumor today about Apple’s mythical iPad mini. The 7.85-inch iPad will use thin-film touch technology making it significantly thinner than the current iPad models, according to DigiTimes. According to the report, Nitto will supply the thin-film materials and Nissha Printing and TPK will product the touch screens on Apple's first iPad mini. This rumored “G/F2” design will reportedly reduce costs, and would include one less layer of film than the current “glass/film/film” structure found in previous iPads. DigiTimes’ track record is less than stellar in terms of Apple rumors. However, today's iPad mini rumor does fall in line with those made in recent months from other sources. As we reported last week, Apple may unveil the iPad mini as early as October, alongside the sixth-generation iPhone. The iPad mini will include a 2048 x 1536 resolution and a pixel density at around 326 ppi, which is identical to the pixel density on the iPhone 4S. In addition, in order to launch the new iDevice at a low price point, Apple will likely limit its storage capacity to 8GB. In March, we suggested the would-be tablet made a lot of sense. In addition, the Daring Fireball’s Jon Gruber confirmed that Apple was working on the iDevice in-house. With news that interest for Amazon’s Kindle Fire is ebbing, now could be the perfect time for Apple to release a smaller iPad. For a list of iPad mini rumors mentioned on AppAdvice, please click here. The new tablet, if released, will be priced at a $200 to $250 price point according to numerous sources, many mentioned above. Do you think Apple will pull the trigger and release an iPad mini? Would you buy the iDevice? -- (Photo: iPad mini concept by iMore.com)