The iPad Mini hasn’t even been announced yet, but that hasn’t stopped numerous manufacturers in China from selling cases based on (presumably) leaked specs. Now Zagg, makers of the ZAGGFolio Keyboard Case (TMA review) and invisibleShields for mobile devices, has added a landing page on their website for the Apple iPad Mini Screen Protector. You can’t actually buy it yet, or even pre-order the Mini’s invisibleShield, but it shows that it’s coming soon and there’s an option to submit your email to be notified when it does become available. As it stands, the only option mentioned is the Screen Coverage for $24.99, though it maybe safe to assume that a full body protection coverage option will be offered at a later time.
If you’re not familiar with ZAGG’s highly popular line of invisibleShields for iPhones, iPod Touches, iPads and other gadgets, they’re ‘precision pre-cut’ and made from military grade material that prevents scrapes and scratches thanks to its ’self healing properties’. They carry a lifetime guarantee, so if they ever get scratched or damaged, ZAGG will replace them free of charge, for the life of your device (in this case, the iPad Mini).
The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this month that Apple has already begun mass production of the iPad Mini in China. And according to Apple’s component suppliers in Asia, they have “received orders to make more than 10 million units” of the iPad Mini in the fourth quarter – double that of orders placed for Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablets.
It is expected that the 7.85″ iPad will be announced by Apple on Oct 17th, followed by its launch in November. Past rumours have pegged the smaller Apple tablet to start at $249-299 for an 8GB model.