AllThingsD were the first to break the silence that ensued after the awaited Apple invites were a no-show on October 10 as expected, which were supposed to unveil the iPad mini release date as October 23. Since then, Reuters has confirmed this, citing its own sources, but is the iPad mini the only device we are going to see during this event?
Apparently not. Since Friday's news, a couple interesting photo leaks have hit the Web, suggesting an iMac and 13-inch MacBook Pro-like refreshment could make an appearance as well. But first things first, the iPad mini is among the most anticipated devices of this event, so let's start with the latest iPad mini rumors.
There has been much speculation about the iPad mini's price: some analysts have been talking about a $250 price tag, while others aren’t as optimistic and place the price tag at $350. German electronics blog, Mobile Geeks was the first to bust the myth surrounding the iPad mini. Leaking an image from a reliable source, the German Media Market has apparently revealed the amount that we should expect to put aside in order to get our hands on the new smaller-version iPad.
The German retailer's internal documentation shows that the entry level iPad mini will be an 8 GB Wi-Fi tablet marketed for €249 (about $299). Turns out Apple won't be limiting the iPad to Wi-Fi only: there will be a total of 16 versions of the 7.85-inch tablet, with the high-end, 64 GB cellular iPad mini being sold for €649. The information here reveals black and white iPad minis only. Unfortunately, no colors expected according to this document.
More Than Just the iPad Mini?
In addition, Chinese site WeiPhone.com revealed that Apple is planning to refresh its iMac desktop line as well, but the source isn't certain about the launch date: it could be later this month (which suggests an October 23 launch) or next month during a separate event. The report also includes a photo, which claims to be the new iMac's logic board and other internal components. As the source points out, the redesigned iMac will be significantly thinner, with the curved rear shell hinting at a water-droplet design rather than the current squared-off design.
But this isn't the only surprise of the next upcoming event. According to AllThingsD's sources, Apple is also working on a 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro, with an impressive 2,500 x 1,600 pixel resolution, which is currently similar to the 30-inch Cinema Display, as well as flash storage support. As part of the new 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro, the same WeiPhone.com posted some fresh images Monday and updated the information available about the portable notebook. The source says the updated Retina MBP will sport an "unprecedented" battery design and will pack the same set of ports already present on the 15-inch Retina MBP.
9to5mac has added his voice, claiming Apple will refresh the Mac mini line as well, which will begin shipping immediately after the announcement.
With only a week to go until the long-awaited iPad mini Apple event, the rumor mill has continued to stir up hints of the potential upcoming devices. Stay tuned -- we'll keep you posted on all things iPad mini related, and more. [Via Engadget, MacRumors, WeiPhone, 9to5mac; Image credit Schimanke.com, WeiPhone.com]Contact Us for News Tips, Corrections and Feedback