Man, this whole iPad mini saga is either about to come to a glorious climax, or – conversely – bugger off with a whimper. We’re still not-so-secretly hoping it doesn’t exist, and still not entirely sure why. Hmm.
Anyway! It’s time for your daily iPad mini update, and now we’re hearing that Apple’s wee tablet will be Wi-Fi only.
That’s the story according to industry-based sources of The Guardian, who say the iPad mini is unlikely to have 3G. So more speculation than rumour then. Heck, I could’ve told you that.
If Apple does have an iPad mini in the works (and it’s seeming increasingly likely, with 10 million units said to be on order), it’ll serve as a wallet friendly alternative to the Google Nexus 7 and Amazon Kindle Fire – which start at £159 in the UK.
We don’t expect the iPad mini to stoop quite that low, but it’ll surely be cheaper than the iPad 2 (£329), and low enough to tempt people interested in Google and Amazon’s wares.
One way to keep cost down, of course, is to omit 3G connectivity, hence this story right here.
Expected iPad mini specs include a 7.85in display, and a significantly smaller iPhone 5-style Lightning connector.
If John Rumour is to be believed, press invites for the iPad mini launch event will start appearing in inboxes later today. Interesting.