It looks like we may know the name of the iPad Mini: iPad Air
In doing a search of the Apple Support pages, when I type in “iPad” the first option I get is “iPad Air”. This could be the first indicator of what the new iPad will be named at the event being held later today.
This isn’t the first time this has happened. If you remember, the day of the iPhone 5 launch, the term “iPhone 5″ was showing up in searches throughout the Apple site and even the Press Release site. That’s not happening this morning – yet.
Be sure to tune into the Live Stream from the Apple Event later today.
This is great to see finally.
Apple’s big event today where the iPad Mini is expected to be announced will be streamed live for Apple TV owners.
This morning, if you check on your Apple TV you will see a new “Apple Events” icon on the menu. Click it and you will be taking to the waiting room area for today’s event. Once 10:00 AM PST rolls around, you can watch it live as it happens.
For those of you who don’t have an Apple TV (uh, why?!) or cannot view the event live, AlliOSNews will still be Live Streaming from the event starting at 10:00 AM PST today.
For the second time in as many months we have a big Apple event today, this time with the focus being on not only updates but on new hardware. The event is expected, much like the even in September, to reveal one big piece of hardware: The iPad Mini. But there could be more – a lot more.
Here then are what I think we will see today in San Jose as well as some things I don’t think we will see. Ready? Let’s go!
iPad Mini – 100% Chance
This is the item of this event. Rumors have been floating around for months around the launch of this 7″ sized iPad with a range of memory options (8GB, 16GB and 32GB seem to be what everyone is thinking here) and even a Retina Display using the same technology they are using in the iPhone 5. Price points are predicted to start around $259 with a November 2nd release date. Lightening connector is going to be on the iPad Mini, continuing to push forward the new charging/syncing solution from Apple.
Some things that are unclear: It seems to be of great debate on if it will include LTE support but given that Apple has made this reasonably affordable already with the iPad, and the fact that other 7″ tablet devices have cellular support, it seems likely that Apple will include it or make it an option. Apple has to make it as easy as the Kindle’s Whispersync and perhaps they do the same thing that Amazon has done which is do cellular download silently but offer faster service and web surfing with a LTE enabled device.
Retina display on the iPad Mini is all but required now. With the iPad and iPhone 4/4S/5 all having Retina display – nevermind the Macbook Pro with Retina Display – and the fact that this device will be pointed at ebook readers and education, Retina seems like a must have, not a nice to have.
Will it be called an iPad Mini? Only Apple knows that right now. I think iPad Mini or iPad Air are likely names but we will know for sure in a few hours.