In a recent development, Microsoft unveiled three editions of its next Windows products, namely, the consumer-friendly Windows 8, the more advanced and versatile Windows 8 Pro and the tablet-friendly Windows RT.
The company informed that the Windows RT is a version of Windows that will run on devices powered by ARM-based chips, which are used in a lot of tablets today (including the iPad but not phones, since those run Windows Phone) as they offer longer battery life than the Intel-type processors used in traditional PCs.
Meanwhile, Microsoft is also planning to come up with a slew of ARM tablets, i.e. Windows RT tablets, after the launch of the new version in October 2012. The company is gearing up for a new tablet line in an attempt to directly position it as a competitor in the tablet market to the likes of Apple's iOS and Google's Android.
At the same time, recent reports from a Chinese portal were spread all over the media that six million iPad Mini devices will be unleashed in the tablet market in the third quarter of this year. Also, the report from NetEase, translated by Kotaku mentioned that the mini iPad will sell for $249-$299. This rumor was co-related to a report from Mashable, which claimed that Samsung was supplying Apple with new LCD technology for smaller iPads.