6 Apple iPad mini concepts (& 1 peek at the real deal?)

Designers and others take their best guesses at what Apple might have up its sleeve with smaller iPad tablet
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With the iPhone 5 news out of the way, all eyes and ears are on the expected Apple iPad mini tablet, a smaller version of Apple's popular iPad. The basic expectations are that the device, which would compete with offerings such as the Amazon Kindle Fire HD and Google Nexus 7, will boast a 7.85-inch screen, slimmer side bezels and front/rear cameras. One Wall Street firm is projecting 9 million units will be sold by year-end, and the latest scuttlebutt is that the device is in mass production already in Asia. Here's what those who can't wait for the real thing think it will look like (or should look like).

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