Apple Readies Invasion of 7-inch Tablet Market with iPad Mini, Reports Say

Paul Lilly

Rumor has it the iPad Mini -- a smaller, 7.85-inch version of the iPad tablet  -- is real and nearly ready to ship. It's the type of device the late Steve Jobs never approved of, having once unaffectionately referred to 7-inch tablets as "tweeners," and slides into a trending category of mobile products currently led by Amazon's Kindle Fire, Google's Nexus 7, and Barnes & Noble's Nook Tablet (not necessarily in that order).

Reports of an iPad Mini tablet have slowly crawled through cyberspace, and the most recent news comes from Macotakara , a Japanese tech site that claims to have confirmation on the "iPad Mini" name. In addition to what it claims is the official name for Apple's tweener device, Macotakara also reports some type of hole next to the iSight camera, which is similar to the Wi-Fi antenna on the third generation iPod touch.

Other than the name and size, not a whole lot is known about the iPad Mini, though that's reportedly about to change. According to All Things D , Apple will unveil the iPad Mini sometime in October, around a month after the iPhone 5's launch event.

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