It is unlikely that the new Apple handset is to be called the “iPhone 5″ , not least because it will be the sixth generation of Apple smartphone. But in the case of “ iPad mini ” everything is different. Beginning with a lowercase letter word «mini» originally was taken not from the ceiling, because in the middle of the last decade engaged in production of Apple iPod mini. On the other hand, mini quickly replaced by nano, and is now on its way is the seventh generation of the latter. What in the line of iPod use one system of notation, and for iPad – another? Also, do not forget that the term “iPad nano” had once flashed in connection with the 7-inch tablet.
Japanese site Macotakara still write that their Asian source confirms the name iPad mini. And this is, if you think about it, makes sense. Apple because at the time did not just changed to mini nano. She did it to highlight the substantial difference in the size of the older model series. iPod was a big, iPod mini – a little less, iPod nano – even much less. And if you follow a similar logic, the «iPad nano» would be the size of a iPhone! 7.85-inch screen, of course, less than the 9.7-inch display on the large iPad – but not so much less to cause competition with iOS-devices lower rank. Therefore «iPad mini» seems quite suitable name. [Macotakara]