Now that a few credible leaks and reports have gone out about Apple’s 7.85-inch iPad Mini, we now have a pretty good idea of what to expect from the device. MacRumors has put together some amazing 3D renders of the device based on all of the leaked design cues that have circulated so far.
The post includes 3D renders in both photo and video form, which are all beautifully rendered in partnership with Ciccarese Design. The renders were created to match the design specs recently leaked by 9to5Mac and backed by several prominent sources.
Last but not least, the most interesting of MacRumors’ renders is a cool interactive 3D model of the device:
Our interactive 3D model of the iPad mini, which requires WebGL, allows users to explore the device’s design from all angles to get a good feel for its dimensions. On OS X, Safari users can turn on WebGL by first navigating to Safari -> Preferences -> Advanced -> Show Develop menu in menu bar and then choosing the “Enable WebGL” option from the Develop menu that appears.
The iPad mini is expected to be as thin as an iPod touch, and feature a narrow bezel, and is expected to be launched in October for between $200 and $300 (1, 2). It will likely resemble a smaller version of the iPad 2.
I’m pretty excited for Apple to release a smaller iPad – and if they can manage to bring their price below $300, they’re gonna pose a serious challenge for their competition – more than they already have, that is!