Apple may not release 12.9-inch iPad or 3rd gen iPad mini in 2014
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities is now predicting that Apple tablet shipments are going to drop this year. Kuo expects that Apple will only refresh the iPad Air, rather than push more tablets like an update to the iPad mini or the new iPad Pro. Kuo thinks the chances are "slim" for an iPad mini this year. He also thinks that because it will focus on finishing the software for the iWatch, Apple won't be able to finish the software for the iPad Pro.
Of course, Kuo also tempered these more risky predictions with one that is just logic. He says that the next iPad Air will feature an A8 processor and a TouchID sensor. That's as safe a bet as you can get.
1. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5921; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
So, no new iPad Mini in October? That would not help iPad Mini sales. No one wants to buy an already out-of-date Mini after October, 2014 with the knowledge that their purchase could be obsoleted in a couple of months when a new Mini ultimately ships.
3. networkdood (Posts: 6310; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
Why care about their sales? lol - They will come out with some moderately upgrade version of the ipad or ipad mini and people will eat it up because that is what cult followers do...
5. X.E.R.O. (unregistered)
True. The only upgrade I could think about is the inclusion of the fingerprint scanner and the A8 chip and that's it.
6. networkdood (Posts: 6310; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
Now, I did tell my wife to the air version of the ipad as she has the very first one - that would be a huge upgrade...
8. networkdood (Posts: 6310; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
err...forgot two words - to 'upgrade to'....oopsie
11. verbalize (Posts: 92; Member since: 03 May 2013)
This guy is full of it... When has Apple ever not did an upgrade yearly? No company would do that . He makes it sound like 1 person is developing. They have hundred developing per device. Drama, Drama, Drama
12. gunnroses (Posts: 20; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)
But still the apple software is the best. Hopefully they would cut the price because the screen of the ipad mini is not as sharp as ipad air. No new release, it's ok, it's fast enough. Apple need to cut the price of the ipad mini
14. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5921; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
"Apple need to cut the price of the ipad mini"
Not. Gonna. Happen. Apple will stop production (iPad 2 for example) before they cut the price of the mini. They will just keep milking the sales of the mini with retina at current specs. Price cuts are something they would rather drink poison than have to do.
18. ardent1 (Posts: 1997; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
I don't think anyone would be surprised by the following changes for iPad Mini with Retina Display 2.0:
- new iOS
- new processor
- new touch ID sensor
- more memory to take advantage of its 64-bit processor
- slight bump in battery when measured in mAh
The rest of us understand that the "out-of-date" Mini comes with a 64-bit processor that is already standard in just about every *new* android tablet.
19. bigstrudel (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)
Out of date? That might be true if the A7 wasn't a full generation ahead in ARM SoC design. Its only comparable to Bay Trail T: and it outclasses it as well.
2. X.E.R.O. (unregistered)
Just Apple running out of ideas.
4. networkdood (Posts: 6310; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
You think that maybe people are finally catching on?
7. Diezparda (Posts: 213; Member since: 23 Oct 2013)
12.9 tablet was insane in my opinion, i'd rather pick a notebook which is significantly better, more usefull and cheaper. I think Samsung made a mistake this time by releasing Note pro tablet.
I think Apple should focus on iOS 8 instead, i want a tablet optimized os not a blown up phone os.
9. networkdood (Posts: 6310; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
Nexus 7 has some great ROMs that give it that tablet UI - for me, personally, that is not a big deal, as I just like the size of its screen...
15. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5921; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
I am thinking real hard about getting a Nexus 7 (2013). Best Buy is adding $30 off as a bit of an incentive. Only thing is, there is going to be a replacement Nexus 7 (8?) in the not-too-distant future.
17. Diezparda (Posts: 213; Member since: 23 Oct 2013)
at $350 i think it was really great tablet, my friend own Nexus 7 2012 model even the older model was run very smoothly and he was installing a lot of psp games. The only problem i guess was the battery capacity and the screen size was pretty small and i think the Nexus 8 would be perfect solution.
10. SAO101789 (Posts: 123; Member since: 10 Feb 2014)
Agreed I only have the iphone and might switch for a nokia 1020 because of great pictures. But I'm going to be focusing on getting my 1st Macbook than a tablet. If they cancel the mini it's going to be a big blow on apple. Tablets are okay in the go but be honest how many times are you going to use it for the same things you can do better on a macbook, ultra book, and phone.
13. vincelongman (Posts: 1589; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)
Personally, I got a 13.3" Windows 8.1 hybrid (full, not RT)
10" iPad/Android/Surface/Widows/RT tablets felt too small for productive work.
I think a 12.9" iPad (ARM SoC) would be great if Apple made it dual boot iOS and Mac OS X and included a MacBook dock (with Intel U CPU and extra battery).
Or just a Intel Y CPU
But I don't think Apple would do that because it would cannibalize their iPad and MB Air sales.
16. alumoyo (Posts: 228; Member since: 26 Aug 2013)
Really PA? An article to tell us that an already UNCONFIRMED RUMOUR might not pan out? REALLY???