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Posted: 04/16/12 05:12 PM ET  |  Updated: 04/16/12 05:12 PM ET

This Week In Apple Rumors: Cheap iPad Mini, New MacBook, And Retina Display Macs

Every week the numerous blogs covering the machinations of the Apple empire float unconfirmed rumors, blatant speculation and questionably-sourced reports on what the company might be unveiling in the near or distant future. Let's take a look back at what the Apple blogs were excited about during the week of April 9 - April 15. Check out our last edition of Apple rumors here, and for all the latest follow me on Twitter right here.

Is A $250 iPad Mini Coming In August?
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Remember when Steve Jobs said in 2010 that 7-inch tablets were stupid and idiotic and that Apple would never make one?

That was a little joke, apparently, if one random Chinese technology blog is to be trusted (and why shouldn't it be? Give me one reason why a Chinese tech blog on the Internet should not be given immediate, 100%, no-questions-asked credibility). As translated by Gawker's videogame blog Kotaku (again, why not?), the random Chinese technology blog NetEase claims that an iPad Mini will be out in the third quarter of 2012 and that it will cost somewhere between $250 and $300. That would help it compete, of course, against popular 7-inchers like the Amazon Kindle Fire, the Barnes & Noble NOOK Tablet, and a rumored Google Nexus tablet, supposedly launching this summer for $250.

Rumors of a smaller iPad -- between 7 inches and 7.85 inches -- have been flying since last October, and two weeks ago we heard that Apple indeed has one in its labs. That doesn't mean it will release one, however.

Still, Apple has shown that it's attempting to fight off cheaper tablets like the Kindle Fire by keeping its iPad 2 available for $399 following the launch of the $499+ iPad 3 this March. The Kindle Fire has stolen some of the iPad's market share in the tablet space, though the iPad is still the tablet of choice for more than half of buyers.

A $250 iPad Mini, however, could be $$$ for Apple, as those turned off by the relatively high price of the iPad wouldn't have to switch companies for a cheaper tablet. Take that, Kocaso M730W Android 2.3 Tablet!

(I, for one, would be thrilled with the release of an iPad Mini, as I have an idea for a product that I know will sell a million units: It's a standard two-button clicker with scroll-wheel, and I call it the "Mini Mouse.")

(BREAKING: I'm being sued by Disney).

A previously unknown Chinese tech blog isn't the only one making wild claims about Apple, however. For more, let's head to Paris, France, where...
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