According to a recent report from Marco Armentt, the developer of Instapaper, he’s discovered strings of code that is believed to be associated with the rumored “iPad Mini”.
“iPad2,5” and “iPad2,6” are the two new device identifiers that were uncovered by Armentt. While the “iPad2,1” through “iPad2,3” names are reserved for the WiFi, GSM and CDMA model iPads and “iPad2,4” belongs to the new version of the iPad 2 with a revamped processor that utilizes a new die-shrink process, the two new identifiers are speculated to belong to a new, unreleased miniature iPad. Also, “iPad3,x” is the code given to the new third-generation iPad, if the “iPad2,5” and “iPad2,6” identifiers do indeed belong to devices intending to be released, they would have to be a step down from the new Retina display iPad.
While never before seen, Armentt came to the conclusion that the “iPad2,5” and “iPad2,6” devices are indeed versions of a smaller iPad that features similar hardware to the iPad 2, with a screen measuring approximately seven inches.
Moreover, additional information pertaining to the rumored device’s internal components can be found on the original post. It’s also been suggested that the “iPad Mini” – if released – will feature the same 1024-by-768 resolution as both the original iPad and the iPad 2, except in a smaller form.
It’s thought that Apple could announce the smaller device as early as the rumored September 12th next-generation iPhone unveiling event. Stay tuned for complete coverage on Apple and the highly-controversial “iPad Mini”.