Apple iPad Mini to Be Wi-Fi Only, Sources Say

Apple’s expected “iPad mini” will only come in a Wi-Fi version – but there will also be a revised version of the iPad with 4G connectivity compatible with the UK’s Everything Everywhere network, and sporting the new “Lightning” connector.

Apple’s new product, which is predicted to be announced next week, will not be offered in a 3G-capable version, reports suggest. Photo: facilware/Flickr

The Guardian has recently reported that the smaller version of iPad, may be a Wi-Fi only version only, judging by leaked pictures of the device clearly showing the tell-tale black plastic RF window implemented on Apple’s cellular-connected tablets.

“Apple’s expected “iPad mini” will only come in a Wi-Fi version – but there will also be a revised version of the iPad with 4G connectivity compatible with the UK’s Everything Everywhere network, and sporting the new “Lightning” connector,” the publication writes.

The Guardian, which cannot be considered as a normal source for early technology leaks, it has previously reported that the upcoming device, unofficially dubbed iPad Mini, would use Apple’s Lightning connecting port, which recently made its debut on the iPhone 5 smartphone.

Tuesday saw reports that Sonny Dickson, an Australian writer, tweeted pictures of what he said was the “iPad mini”, showing a squared-off device about half the size of a standard iPad with a Lightning connector.

Besides, the expected smaller version of the iPad seems to feature split buttons instead of the rocker switch volume control.

The unknown sources also claim that iPad will be compatible with mobile provider EE’s 4G network, The Telegraph says.

EE, also known as Everything Everywhere, will provide access to the new high speed mobile network from the end of this month. To compete EE, its rivals will have nothing to do but offer the ultra fast network in early summer 2013 after the auction of airspace used to run 4G services.

It has been already leaked that the Californian giant plans to announce the smaller version of the iPad in October. Fortune suggests that the company will hold a press event to announce the iPad Mini on October 17.

If the rumor is true, and if Apple follows its usual scheduling protocol, a launch day will be probably set on Nov. 2 – plenty of time to capture holiday sales. Meanwhile, The Wall Street Journal reports that the iPad Mini is already in full production.

Knomo company, which designs cases for Apple products, exclusively revealed on Tuesday that it would have an new Apple’s product available within days – even though no invitations have yet been sent out for any launch.

Judging by the rumors, the iPad Mini will feature a 7.85-inch display, which is slightly larger than the 7-inch display on the Kindle Fire HD and Google’s Nexus 7, but noticeably smaller than the 9.7-inch display on the full-sized iPad.

It was also reported that iPad Mini wouldn’t feature a high-definition Retina display found on the full-size tablet, as the Cupertino based company seeks ways to cut costs by eliminating components that would squeeze profit margins.

Earlier this year a survey was conducted which showed that 52 percent of interviewees suggesting the tablet would go on sale at a price of $250-$300, but 3G wireless network connectivity was among the most-anticipated features.

If the rumors prove true, eWeek writes, and the smaller iPad is on the way, Apple is betting the tablet will be a big hit with consumers: earlier rumors claimed that the iPhone maker has ordered 10 million of the smaller iPads to be produced.

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