Instapaper Developer May Have Come Across ‘iPad Mini’ Device Codes In His App Logs
Rumors and reports of the iPad Mini are sky high and everywhere. Now, new iPad device codes discovered by Instapaper developer could actually prove that the iPad Mini is not that far away.
According to Instapaper’s developer Marco Arment, two new iPad device codes have surfaced in his developer logs that don’t belong to any of the currently available iPad’s. The new device codes are ”iPad2,5″ and “iPad2,6″, which fall in the iPad 2 line-up. Apple’s newer iPad 2 with the smaller chip has the code iPad 2,4, and older iPad 2 Wi-Fi, GSM and CDMA versions have iPad 2,1, iPad 2,2 and iPad 2,3 respectively.
Hence, Marco Arment believes that these new codes could belong to the rumored/upcoming iPad Mini with a smaller 7.85 inch display and may have iPad 2 specs. Here’s what he had to say;
The much more likely explanation is that iPad2,5 and iPad2,6 are the new “iPad Mini” in Wi-Fi and GSM, and I haven’t recorded the likely iPad2,7 CDMA version yet.
If so, this suggests that the iPad Mini is, effectively, an iPad 2: an A5 with 512 MB of RAM and enough GPU power to drive the Gruber Display, but not a Retina Display.
It’s a textbook Tim Cook supply-chain move: selling the last generation’s hardware at a lower price point to expand marketshare.
But this time, it’s more dramatic. Rather than just sell the original iPad 2 with a price cut, they’ve made a new product designed to be far less expensive from day one by combining old and new parts: the 32nm iPad 2’s guts, larger-cut iPhone 3GS screens, a smaller case and battery, and the new iPhone’s low-power LTE chip for $100 more.
So, an iPad with a 7.85 inch display having the same resolution and similar hardware as the iPad 2, but with less RAM and LTE. What do you think? Is that Apple’s recipe for the iPad Mini? Let us know in the comments section.