Is an iPad mini Air in the pipeline to help Apple resuscitate sales of its 7.9-inch tablet? The mini, initially very popular in its original A5-powered 1,024 x 768 iteration, has been caught in a
pincer this year between a gaggle of lower-priced 7 to 8-inch Android tablets (such as Google’s Nexus and Amazon’s Kindle Fire) and larger-screened smartphones on the one hand;
and Apple’s own downsized, lighter, full-sized iPad Air on the other.
An irony that obtains is that the current, relatively slow-selling (one surmises by deduction; Apple doesn’t release model sales breakdowns), second-generation iPad mini is a vastly better performer and value proposition than the original mini, even while selling for $70 more. The current mini with Retina display is
A7-powered, offers only a smidge less computing performance than the full-zoot Air, and also has the same 2,048 x 1,536 Retina class panel resolution as the full-size iPad, but with the same 324
pixels-per-inch density as on Apple’s iPhone and iPod touch thanks to the smaller screen real…