It’s long been said that the iPad is really just an iPod touch on steroids. Not that that’s a bad thing, per se, but it’s a fairly accurate description.
Now we’re hearing that the rumoured iPad mini really will look like a larger iPod touch, complete with skinny bezel action at the sides.
The story comes via 9to5mac, which explains that the smaller bezel would allow the iPad mini to offer more display real estate than potential 7in rivals like the Asus Nexus 7 and Amazon Kindle Fire.
I wasn’t entirely convinced initially, as even with the new iPad (with its meaty bezel) I occasionally find my left thumb encroaching on the display.
However, the 9to5ers suggest that perhaps the sensitivity could be reduced when the iPad mini is held in portrait. In landscape, it wouldn’t be a problem, as the iPad mini will still have a generous amount of bezel at the top and bottom.
John Gruber (Daring Fireball) also chimes in with a new post, suggesting iPad mini specs will include a 4:3 7.85in display. A 1024 x 768 resolution would yield a relatively modest PPI of 163.
In any case, it doesn’t look like these iPad mini rumours are going anywhere any time soon. Consensus is that the iPad mini launch would probably happen alongside the iPhone 5 announcement. The latest whispers suggest September 12.