Here’s the consensus of all the rumors about the iPad Mini–or whatever Apple chooses to call the 7-inch tablet it’s expected to unveil later today.
Remember when reviewers dismissed the iPad by saying that it was like an iPhone, but big? We’re hearing the same charges now: The iPad Mini is just a smaller iPad. Or a bigger iPod Touch! It hardly matters. As usual, Apple will probably sell as many of them as it can make.
Apple’s strategy on the iPad Mini seems to be the same one it applied to the iPod: Offer a hit device in every possible size, at every possible price point, completely saturating the market so that its competitors are left choking on their own overstock.
The rumored specs:
*A screen resolution of 1,024 × 768 would be the same as that of the original iPad and iPad 2 but squeezed into a smaller, 7.85″ diagonal screen, which gives it the same effective resolution as every iPhone and iPod Touch before the retina display was added to the iPhone 4. That’s an effective resolution of 163 pixels per inch, versus a retina display’s 264 pixels per inch.