The rumored mini iPad could be Apple’s sexiest tablet yet, with one analyst predicting that the aesthetics will play an important role in pushing the product into the mass market. The current iPad lineup is pretty and with Amazon’s Kindle Fire and Google’s Nexus 7 looking a bit plasticky, premium design paired with Apple’s famous fit and finish could give an inexpensive, smaller iPad just the kind of attraction it needs to make average consumers drool down their black turtlenecks…

According to Tokepa analyst Brian White (via AllThingsD), a smaller iPad is bound to be slicker than the third-generation model:

Apple did not skimp on the aesthetics of the much anticipated iPad Mini. In fact, we believe the iPad Mini could outshine the new iPad in terms of how the device feels in a consumer’s hands.

Of course, one doesn’t have to be a rocket scientist to nail this one. Apple rules industrial design and is especially adept at designing head-turning mobile devices.

White also believes the iPad mini is gonna be in short supply initially because it is “more challenging to produce than prior iPad iterations”.

Maybe manufacturing difficulties stem from the Retina display?

It hasn’t so far been rumored that the device will have a screen resolution justifying the Retina moniker. The Wall Street Journal earlier in the month quoted folks “with knowledge of the situation”, who claim the gizmo will run a 7.85-inch liquid-crystal display “with a lower resolution than the third-generation iPad”.

I expect the iPad mini to be nothing short of spectacular from the design standpoint.

The Wall Street Journal says Apple has commissioned its contract manufacturers Pegatron and Foxconn, based out in Asia, with building ten million units, indicating the company has high hopes for the smaller iPad going into this holiday season.

However, the somewhat-reliable DigiTimes, an Asian trade publication, was first to report that suppliers AU Optronics and LG are unable to meet the required 9 to 10 million LCD screens for the iPad mini amid yield issues.

Gorgeous iPad mini renders by designer Martin Hajek.

Apple apparently set a goal of five million iPad mini panels for the third quarter, but later had to drop to one million due to low yield rates. It gets worse as one of every five displays coming off the press must be thrown out, allegedly (this is DigiTimes after all).

As for White’s ‘slick iPad mini’ meme, I guess the analyst has been reading the same rumors and seeing the same mockups as the rest of us.

Gee, I should have been an analyst.

The word on the street has it that Apple will on Wednesday issue invitations for a press conference, probably slated for October 17, to announced the iPad mini.

  • Win!

  • coejam

    Time to sell the old iPad.

  • Byron Davis

    When Wednesday gets here and no invitations are sent the analyst will look like fools. Then they will start another rumor.

  • thedarkknight80

    Been postponing to get an ipad since its initial launch because i’ve been spending my money upgrading my factory unlocked iphones .

    But this mini slick little thing seems to be just what i need : lighter, smaller. affordable .

  • Same here. I just got rid of my iPad 2 a few days ago because I couldn’t stand the non-retina display. I was going to buy myself “The New iPad” this week, but I think I might hold off and buy me this instead. Looks like the perfect size (that’s what she said).

    • smtp25

      wtf? you read this site and were going to buy an iPad3 this week? The iPad 3 rev2 is meant to be out very soon with the new connector, lighter weight, less heat and maybe better battery

  • I still wonder how much it will be…

  • At first i thought that there was no point in a 7.85 inch ipad. i couldnt see it fitting into what is already a very crowded 7-inch tablet market. but now i see that with a low price and some very nice specks, this ipad is going to smoke the competition.

  • Nexus 7 look out!

  • Irfan Tarique

    It’s looks Sexy

  • MagicDrumSticks

    I just don’t understand why Apple just focuses on making their products looks nice. First of all, most people use a case so looks hardly matter.

    Second, the prettier the product, the uglier it will look when you get scratches on scuffs on it.

    Finally, Apple believes in form over function, “hey we don’t have NFC again but we made the edge shiny with STATE OF ART TECHNOLGY.

    • Looks don’t matter..!!!….u must be kiddin….

      • MagicDrumSticks

        I don’t think you read my post. I said that most people
        Use a case so looks hardly matter. Apple focuses on looks as their primary Thing. Look at the iPhone 5 unveiling. They talk about the stupid shiny edges so long.