With less than a month to 12th September, more detailed rumors about the alleged iPad mini have been coming in. We previously have seen photos of the device's back panel and renders of iPad mini cases by manufacturers; this time 9to5Mac reports that they have received tips from sources that they "have reason to believe hold knowledge about Apple's plans" on the device's design and overall look. The iPad mini is said to resemble a big iPod Touch "with smaller bezels along the sides in portrait mode" and feature volume buttons quite unlike the rocker we have on the iPad and a mic at the back. Interestingly, the next-gen iPod Touch has been said to mirror the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 closely in terms of hardware specs.
9to5Mac - "This iPod touch-like design makes a lot of sense for a number of reasons. For one, when compared to the Nexus 7 (and Kindle Fire, Galaxy Tab 7, RIM Playbook, etc.), this would give the iPad mini a similar, “purse-able,” and “big pocket-able” form factor but with a larger 4:3 display. The lack of a bezel on the sides will make it easier to hold too.
The lack of bezel on the side will not allow you to carry it like you hold a full-size iPad when in portrait mode without triggering some multi-touch on the display. Perhaps Apple has some software to dull the side touches when in portrait mode."
Thus far, the iPad mini is said to feature a 7.58-inch non Retina Display component that comes with a pixel density of 264ppi, well below the iPhone’s 326, and a smaller dock connector, one identical to its iPhone 5 counterpart, at a sweet tune of 200 to 250 USD