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Network World - The iOSphere throbbed with rumors of the mythical smaller iPad. There were photos, speculations, hopes and fears.
Unsourced and even unnamed pictures of the iPad mini or iPad Air or itsyPad fired the imaginations of bloggers. Even the lack of press invitations from Apple -- widely predicted for release this week -- failed to dampen enthusiasm.
At least, the enthusiasm of those who yearn for the itsyPad. Because one online survey of visitors to an electronics deal-making website found most respondents aren't very interested in the rumored tablet.
You read it here second.
"iPad Mini is a real thing for sure because earlier news reported that Apple will launch eight new products this year and
four of them are already out in the market. So, iPad Mini may come on 17th October, as rumored all over the web."
-- Nitin Agrawal, who describes himself as "a Spiritual Soul from Los Angeles, CA," co-founder of PC-Tablet.com, and a "full time Tech Blogger." Fer shur.
Sonny Dickson, an Australian researcher for 9to5Mac, achieved 24 hours of fame this week by publishing photos on his Twitter and Instagram accounts, photos instantly picked up by the Internet at large.
Dickson apparently posted them without actually saying what they were or how he obtained them. The photos show only the back of a smaller but still distinctly rectangular iPad (other purported "leaks" or "concept art" shows a squarish tablet), and one shows a closeup of the Lightning docking port which made its first appearance in iPhone 5.
The photos appeared the day before many predicted Apple would send invitations inviting press and bloggers to the unveiling of the itsyPad. Those predictions were cruelly dashed.
In the age of Adobe Photoshop, one would expect or hope for a bit more caution, if not skepticism regarding the Dickson photos. But in many areas of the iOSphere, Credulity Rules.
Plugged into the Information Sieve known as the Apple Supply Chain, DigiTimes asserts that the 7.85-inch iPad, and several other Apple products, "have reportedly been delayed from September to October."
This is according to "sources from the upstream supply chain." DigiTimes doesn't bother with waffling words like "purportedly" or "allegedly." The iPad mini "is manufactured by Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) and Pegatron Technology." But the new tablet is "reportedly suffering low yields for components such as the display and chassis, causing the upstream suppliers to be unable to satisfy Apple's orders."
Then there's this: "The sources pointed out that although the iPad Mini's chassis adopts a similar material as the 9.7-inch model, the iPad Mini's design and tactile feel will be different from those of the larger model."
We kind of know that the design will be "different" because it's, like, smaller. And we're not sure that DigiTimes means by a "similar material" to that used in the existing iPad. What's similar to aluminum?