Apple’s iPad mini May Be Wi-Fi Only

If the rumors prove true, the long-awaited iPad mini is built to rival the Kindle Fire and Nexus 7 in a lot of ways: it’s a 7-inch slate built by a top-tier manufacturer that’s slated to sell for a less-than-premium price. A new rumor claims the similarities are more than just skin deepr. A new report says that like its budget-priced rivals, the iPad mini will only be available in Wi-Fi, with no support for 4G data networks.

The alleged lack of Wi-Fi — which was tipped by “industry sources” — wouldn’t be the first corner Apple needed to cut in order to hit a wallet-friendly price point for its new tablet. Several sources have reported that the iPad mini’s 7.85-inch display isn’t a pixel-packing Retina model, primarily due to the pressure to decrease costs.

On the plus side, leaked screenshots suggest that Apple hasn’t let pricing concerns downgrade the iPad mini’s exterior design, which looks just as attractive as the full-sized versions — assuming the authentic-looking iPad mini photos we reported on earlier today are indeed authentic.

Industry sources report iPad mini production is currently in full swing ahead of an October 17th announcement, so we might know before long whether this latest whisper holds any weight.

The Guardian via CNET. Photo via UkranianIPhone.

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  1. cheri Says:

    I can’t wait to hear an official announcement for it. I would hope that the new iPad Mini would have a 3G or 4G connection, but even if it were only Wifi, I would still want to get it. I have been hearing about the iPad Mini for weeks from a co-worker at DISH and now I can’t stop looking for whatever information I can find on it. I really just want it to be able to take it with me out of the house, especially with all the new shows and new fall season coming up shortly, to watch live TV on the DISH Remote Access app so I don’t have to miss any of my shows this fall season. Even if it is a little more expensive than the Nexus 7 or Kindle Fire, I would be willing to buy it.

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