The iPad Mini may contain a lot of the same components of the last-generation iPad 2 instead of the more current New iPad ‘3’ claims ComputerWorld. The iPad 2 launched in 2011 and is now available for $399 for the 16GB Wi-Fi version.
iPad Mini may not get great hardware of New iPad ‘3’ after all
Apple are expected to launch the iPad Mini in October and the smaller device may come with the same A5 SoC silicon which is on the iPad 2 which had a makeover in March last year. As a cost saving move Apple made the chip smaller shrinking it from 45 nanometer to 32 nanometer. The New iPad 3 was launched in March 2012.
It has been suggested that instead of selling the iPad 2 for discount prices, Apple have made a new product which is designed to be cheaper from the start, by using old and new parts together. Analysts are saying that Apple will introduce the iPad Mini in the fall and it could have a price tag of around $249 to $299.
So if you were expecting the iPad Mini to match the specs of the quad-core Google Nexus 7 then don’t hold your breath. The same goes with the Nexus 7′ $199 price tag. We’ll keep you posted as more develops.