Report: Apple's iPad Mini Will Be Similar To iPod Touch
The iPhone isn't the only device that's expected to be announced on the 12th of September - many analysts are predicting that Apple will finally enter the small tablet market with an iPad mini. It's expected to be cheaper and smaller than the current iPad (and will only supplement it, not replace it) and will launch later this year: many expect a release of late September/early October, much like the iPhone 5.
We don't know much about the device, and one thing the rumor mill has been going crazy about is what it will look like. 9 to 5 Mac, an Apple blog, has reported that the iPad mini will closely resemble a large iPod touch more than it will resemble the iPad. According to their unnamed sources, the iPad mini will have a smaller bezel, individual Volume+ and Volume- buttons (instead of a rocker) and the microphone will be on the back of the device. Seth Weintraub also believes that this mini iPad will have a front-facing camera, intended for video conferencing, but a rear camera isn't likely.
Others believe that the device will be thinner and lighter than other small tablets on the market like the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire, suggesting that a better name would be iPad Air, akin to the MacBook Air.