New reports have added evidence to previous speculation that Apple’s rumoured iPad mini will be Wi-Fi only, and that Apple is planning to launch a minor update to its 10in iPad that will bring the iPhone 5′s Lightning connector to the device.
The Guardian reports that ‘industry sources’ have told the paper that they think Apple will not offer a 3G version of the iPad mini. “That would allow Apple to produce it comparatively cheaply and to limit the top price of the product, while retaining mobile broadband connectivity for its pricier iPad line,” the report says.
This is not the first we’ve heard of the iPad mini not getting 3G. In September, Allan Yogasingam, technical research manager at UBM Techinsights, said that the iPad mini would be Wi-Fi only to keep the price down.
The Guardian says that ‘multiple sources’ have claimed that the iPad mini is imminent, hitting the shops at the beginning of November.
Accessories maker Knomo has reportedly said that it will have an iPad mini case ready “within days”.
A minor update to the iPad has been thought to be on the cards for a while now, and most recently, a developer spotted an unknown iPad model with an A6 chip that points to a new version of Apple’s popular 9.7in tablet.