With the number of recent rumors about a 7-inch ‘iPad Mini’ coming out, it would be fair to believe that Apple might actually be coming out with such a device this year. The latest bit adds a little more fuel to the flames, with Japanese blog Macotakara reporting that the upcoming iPad Mini is going to feature design cues from the iPod touch.
According to the site’s “reliable Chinese sources,” the upcoming tablet will be almost as thin as the 4th-gen iPod touch that measures 7.2mm thick (the current 3rd-gen iPad has a 9.4mm-thick body), while the dimensions will closely match the Google Nexus 7’s frame with a similar height but with a slightly wider body.
Besides mentioning that it won’t just look or feel like a shrunken iPad and that it’s going to have an “iPod nano (3rd-generation)-like” design, the source didn’t give any specifics. We expect tapered edges at the back from anything with an “iPod-like” design though, which would make something with a 7.85-inch screen feel even slimmer than it actually was.
The report also mentioned that after trial production in China, mass production of the device will be handled in Brazil.