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Apple reportedly testing an iPad mini

first_imgYes, it’s the time of year when iPad rumors are launched at a rapid-fire pace. Though last year’s “iPhone 5” rumors were inconsistent enough to give one schizophrenia, the 2012 iPad rumors have been fairly consistent. The iPad 3 will likely feature a Retina display, an A6 chip, LTE, a bigger battery, and a design similar to the iPad 2. So there’s nothing more to gossip about, right?But wait: the iPad 3 is no longer the only iPad dwelling in the rumor mill. It now has a supposed little brother, the iPad Mini. Though analysts refuse to let this one die, one of the most trusted sources of Apple leaks is actually joining the chorus. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple is currently qualifying suppliers for a smaller iPad with an eight-inch display.The “iPad mini” (the rumor mill’s name, not necessarily Apple’s) would sport a resolution that’s either the same as or similar to that of the iPad 2 (1024×768). That would give it a pixel density of 160, higher than that of the iPad 2, but nowhere near the rumored pixel density of the iPad 3 (264ppi). In other words, it would be nice enough to steal sales from the Kindle Fire, but would still be more of a budget tablet.Up to this point, we’ve been taking the iPad mini rumors with many grains of salt, but the WSJ’s chiming in lends more credibility to them. It has a great track record with Apple leaks, and is suspected to be the source that the company uses for “controlled leaks.” This leak, however, was specifically attributed to supply chain sources, not Apple.Even if this iPad mini story is true, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the tablet will ever make it to market. It describes a product that is still in its early stages. Many Apple products typically make it to that stage, but get killed before hitting the market. Will the iPad mini go this route, or will there be a new “Kindle Fire killer” this holiday season? I’m sure the rumor mill will give you a thousand answers during the next several months.last_img read more