Analyst: iPad mini to launch in September

Posted by Mark Raby

The rumored smaller version of Apple's iPad tablet could hit stores in less than two months.

So says KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. He says that the iPhone 5 is expected to launch in September, and believes it's likely Apple will use the same timeframe to release a new, less expensive version of the iPad.

It is by all accounts an answer to the growing popularity of Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet. Analysts are looking to the Amazon device as the potential iPad killer that we've all been waiting for since last year.

Amazon was able to turn the world on its head with the Kindle, and it seems as though it is already making good on its plans to do the same to tablets with the Kindle Fire.

According to the report, the miniature iPad will have a 7.85-inch display, making it slightly larger than a Kindle Fire but not incredibly so.

The resolution is apparently 1024 x 768 and it would be capable of playing all the same apps that anyone can access on the iPad or iPad 2.

Obviously, apps that utilize the new iPad's Retina Display technology would not be compatible. And thus opens what could be the biggest problem with launching an iPad mini.

It's interesting because Amazon is reportedly looking to launch a larger, more expensive version of its tablet, the Kindle Fire. So everyone wants to get a piece of all sides of the market.