Will iPad Mini Be Left Out of iPhone 5 Unveiling Event?
A number of new reports say that the wrapping won’t come off of Apple’s (NASDAQ: AAPL) rumored iPad mini at the same time as the company debuts its much anticipated iPhone 5, slated by most accounts for Sept. 12 (in a still unannounced event).
Apple will wait until the iPhone 5 begins to ship to announce the smaller version — as in the 7-inch or slightly bigger — iPad mini, according to some reports. When you think about it, a phased rollout makes more sense, as suggested here. If you’re Apple, why cannibalize one earth-shaking product update (iPhone 5) with something you swore you’d never do, until the market said you pretty much had to (iPad mini)? Or, why bang a big drum once when you can do it twice?
With Apple chief executive Tim Cook recently hinting the vendor intends to move the iPhone and iPad into enterprise accounts, can the iPad mini be far behind? Will channel partners get the chance to add the iPad mini to their mobile portfolio? Let’s take a closer look at some of the rumors surrounding the little fella:
Is there even such a thing? One Apple analyst is suggesting that Foxconn, Apple’s manufacturing partner, already is producing the iPad mini in significant numbers, perhaps as many as 4 million units a month to prep for the holiday season.
How much real estate will it occupy? According to educated speculation, the iPad mini will clock in at 7.85 inches, not all that much smaller than the 9.5-inch standard bearer, but it will be far thinner, lighter and narrower than its older cousin, and priced north of $200 but less than $250.
What’s up with the timing? Apple has much to gain and literally nothing to lose by holding off until the last second to schedule the iPhone 5 and iPad mini rollouts, starting with capitalizing on a rare opportunity to appropriate IT’s center stage for weeks, the afterglow of which is not to be underestimated.
One thing we know for sure, there’s a mobile blowout headed our way.