According to some new reports from the developers of the Instapaper software, Apple's upcoming iPad Mini may not be all that different from the company's low-priced iPad 2. Marco Arment, creator of Instapaper, in a recent statement found previously unseen device identifiers in his application's usage statistics: iPad2,5 and iPad2,6.
From what Arment said, those numbers are in line with the iPad2,1 through iPad2,4 and are used to identify various models in the iPad 2 family. However, Arment is convinced that the identifiers are not for a refresh of the iPad 2, which Apple launched back in early 2011 with the "new" iPad and now sells for $399 in a 16GB WiFi configuration.
"The iPad2,5 and iPad2,6 could be boring: GSM and CDMA versions of the die-shrunk iPad 2...bringing lower costs to the other iPad 2 configurations that are still for sale," Arment noted on his blog. "But now, even later in its life cycle that would be a pretty strange move."
Instead, Arment believes that this is pointing to the new, smaller iPad, dubbed the iPad Mini by most, which Apple is expected to introduce this fall. "The much more likely explanation is that the iPad2,5 and iPad2,6 are the new 'iPad Mini,'" Armen noted. "If so, this suggests that the iPad Mini is, effectively, an iPad 2."
this is true then it is actually a smart idea for Apple. Instead of re-releasing a decreased version of the iPad 2 and calling it something with "iPad 2" in the title, the company can release a smaller version of the device, slap a new name on it and sell it to consumers at a considerably lower cost.
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Source: Computer World - 'iPad Mini' may be spinoff of iPad 2, says dev