Analyst claims to have already played with an iPad mini

By , Oct 23, 2012

With Apple’s media event now just hours away, anticipation is mounting for what is expected to be a major announcement. For the first time in two years, the company will be unveiling a new product line: the iPad mini.

While we think we know a lot about the smaller tablet, we won’t know anything for sure until Apple hoists it up on stage tomorrow. But according to one analyst, who claims to have already played with the slate, it’s awesome…

Fortune points to an interesting report by Topeka Captial‘s Brian White in a note to investors  today. The analyst says that while touring Apple’s supply chain two weeks ago, a case-maker let him play with an iPad mini prototype.

“During our recent China-Taiwan Tech Tour, we had the opportunity to play with a pilot version of the “iPad Mini” that easily fit into our sport coat pocket. Experiencing a new form factor of an iconic product such as the iPad is a sight to behold and we believe consumer demand will reflect this phenomenon. We expect the “iPad Mini” to be 7.85 inches in size, include two cameras, come with the option of Wi-Fi only or Wi-Fi and 4G/3G, include the new lightening connector, start at lower storage capacity (8GB) than the iPad, sport a more refined back casing, come in slightly different color variation (i.e., similar to iPhone 5) and offer some surprises.”

White’s account matches up nicely with previous reports on the iPad mini, though he is the first person claiming to have actually played with one. He describes it as smaller, lighter and more refined than the current iPad.

Early speculation suggested that the tablet would cost between $200 and $250. But a recent report from 9to5Mac says that Apple has priced it between the new iPod touch and the iPad 2, at $329 for the entry-level model.

The good news is, we don’t have to wait much longer to find out what’s fact and what’s fiction. Apple’s media event is set to kick off at 10am PST tomorrow morning. And yes, iDB will be covering the keynote in its entirety.

Are you excited yet?

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  • http://twitter.com/sureine surein edwards

    not particularly

    • http://twitter.com/BryantAllred Bryant Allred

      ahaha, made my day bro

  • Guest

    time to get the creit card out again..damn apple

  • http://www.facebook.com/GodLikeLee Tony Lee

    time to get the credit card out ..again..damn apple

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Adhithya-Gokul/100000719983155 Adhithya Gokul

      Not if you dont want to :P

  • markfulaytar

    Wouldn’t it be funny if they never unveiled an iPad mini

  • anonymous

    On a different note, did anyone else notice the iPhone at the bottom of the page is now an iPhone 5 :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/abraham.utrera Abraham Utrera

      it’s been there like forever

  • http://policydiary.com/ John S. Wilson

    Not news. He said that a while ago. And prototypes are like $12 and everywhere there.

  • hellac00l

    Time for the kindle fire A@$ kicking to begin! Lol