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Apple now has no choice but to release a 'Retina' iPad mini ASAP

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Apple now has no choice but to release a 'Retina' iPad mini ASAP
Google’s release of the Nexus 7 for just $229 was not a surprise. Nor was its unmatched 1920 x 1200 pixel resolution putting the affordable 7-inch Google tablet in ‘Retina’ territory. Rumors gave it all away much earlier, but even without them everyone just expected the low price from Google’s second-generation Nexus 7 - it had to have it in order to be part of that family.

What would be a shocking surprise now, however, is if Apple releases its second generation iPad mini with the same 1024 x 768 pixel resolution. Cupertino has already witnessed a dramatic drop in iPad sales this last quarter, and - priced higher starting from $329 - a non-Retina iPad mini 2 is destined to fail.

With the Nexus 7, Google has made another important move, though. If previously Apple could maneuver and claim it’s got an ultra thin and elegant device unlike the competition, the new Nexus 7 straps it off even this little advantage as the second-gen Google tablet is both very slim and lightweight.

Even the last huge advantage Apple had no longer seems that big. Cupertino took pride in having the largest app store, but Google has just outgrown it and managed to be the first company to accumulate over 1 million apps in its catalog. On that background, the 275 000 tablet optimized apps on Apple’s catalog no longer look so impressive.

Stack it all together and here is a prediction from us - we simply cannot imagine Apple releasing a non-Retina iPad mini. Not just that, though. The 2013 Nexus 7 renders the iPad mini obsolete and virtually forces Apple to release a competitive product as soon as possible. Until then, iPad mini sales will likely continue sliding. Apple better hurry.

The new 2013 Nexus 7 is the first small tablet with a 'Retina' display.

The new 2013 Nexus 7 is the first small tablet with a 'Retina' display.

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posted on 26 Jul 2013, 04:22 7

2. _Bone_ (Posts: 2107; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Someone pls. tell me the N7II comes to Europe earlier than September, and will be available in various Play Stores. Waited since May to hand out the dough, getting frustrated here.

Yo Google! I want to read your ads on a tablet, send me a device, will ya?

posted on 26 Jul 2013, 04:39

5. TylerGrunter (Posts: 881; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)


Plus one and sharing the frustation since May too... I thought let's wait a bit and buy it before the summer holidays.
It's getting really late.

posted on 26 Jul 2013, 06:47

13. toondewachter (Posts: 52; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)


Depending on where in Europe you are living it could take up until November before you will be able to fetch one. That's exactly how long it took me last year to get the first gen Nexus 7. Unless you are living in France, Germany or Spain, because those are the only European countries that actually exist for Google, since they have a hardware Play Store...

posted on 26 Jul 2013, 06:49 1

14. _Bone_ (Posts: 2107; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Germany would be fine, but it needs to hit the Play Store soon damn it. :(

posted on 26 Jul 2013, 09:36

19. appleDOESNT.com (Posts: 425; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


They never should of released the mini with 1024x768 @ $329, that was beyond embarrassing. So ya, they do have a choice and they only do what makes them the most money. And what makes them the most money is incremental releases of products, like the iPad 2/4 and the entire S line... oh and of course the Mini

posted on 26 Jul 2013, 04:23 14

3. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)


Even if iPad Mini 2 comes with 1080p this one is still cheaper, a lot.

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 11:04

31. Jillxz (Posts: 147; Member since: 04 Jun 2012)


The Nexus 7 is cheaper but it is quite narrow and has a very wide beze at each end. I'd rather pay more for the bigger iPad Mini. A lot more viewing space. Worth the higher price too.

posted on 26 Jul 2013, 04:46

6. HeWhoDoesNothing (Posts: 156; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)


Let the war begin.

posted on 26 Jul 2013, 05:11 1

7. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 937; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


let there be war...google is waking up the sleeping giant.

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 01:32

27. Topcat488 (Posts: 1124; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


If you're calling Apple the sleeping giant, sorry but that giant hasn't had sleep for a long time... And is on the run for its life. The bigger they are, the harder they fall.

posted on 26 Jul 2013, 05:15 4

8. ncarlosmiguel (Posts: 206; Member since: 14 May 2013)


275000 tablet optimized app of apple no longer look impressive? How many tablet optimized app are there for android?

posted on 26 Jul 2013, 05:45 1

10. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1316; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


275000 apps and no instagram still

posted on 26 Jul 2013, 05:45

11. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1316; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


275000 apps and no instagram still

posted on 26 Jul 2013, 06:52 9

15. _Bone_ (Posts: 2107; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Android automatically scales for any size and resolution. Each of the 1.000.000 apps look great on a 7 inch tablet, but there are huge number of what you at fragmented Apple call "tablet optimized apps". It's 2013 bro.

posted on 26 Jul 2013, 09:27 1

18. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)


If you want the best experience each app should be optimized for tablets regardless. Scaling is only a bandaid. A good enough one, granted, but not optimal.

posted on 26 Jul 2013, 05:34 10

9. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1151; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


Apple just can't release a retina iPad mini at $329 because their still trying to justify the need for the $500 9.7" retina iPad. Apple made a huge mistake in even releasing a mini to battle the Nexus because it has lowered the initial asking price while bumping up the expectations thus killing the desire to own the bread and butter model. Same is happening with the iPhone with this low cost model.
Apple was doomed the moment Steve Jobs died. Steve knew this was going to happen by bad mouthing smaller tablets. Apple has fallen into Google's trap. Just look at the title of this article. No one really talks about the $500 iPad 4 do they?

posted on 26 Jul 2013, 06:39 1

12. Mr.Mr.Upgrade (Posts: 425; Member since: 30 Aug 2011)


I'm getting 2 nexus 7 part 2s

posted on 26 Jul 2013, 06:59

16. number29 (Posts: 185; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


Let's hope they do. I'd love to replace my iPad Mini with a retina version :)

posted on 26 Jul 2013, 07:58

17. ibap (Posts: 690; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)


"the new Nexus 7 straps it off" - maybe "strips it of"?

posted on 26 Jul 2013, 09:57 2

20. JustShadow (Posts: 7; Member since: 01 Jul 2013)


samsung= Best phone ever
Google= Best tablet ever
Apple= Best nothing ever

posted on 26 Jul 2013, 13:27 1

24. Kishin (Posts: 586; Member since: 30 May 2013)


Apple is not all that bad they just have it overpriced

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 06:47

28. shonboy (Posts: 2; Member since: 27 Jul 2013)


So thoroughly argumented, let's see if that opinion changes in a year or two when 7 inch smartphone becomes an android standard.

posted on 26 Jul 2013, 10:10

21. wafflemuncherr (Posts: 12; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Apple could very well have put retina in their first mini, and the fact that they didn't really shines through as far as their tactics to "upgrade" their products for another generation. I've been waiting for the retina mini for a while now, so if they really don't go through with it I wouldn't even know what to think of them anymore. The sad thing is, people would STILL buy it just cause it's newer.

posted on 26 Jul 2013, 11:25 1

22. skyline88 (Posts: 313; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)


Reti-what? oh God please, nobody is giving a damn on whatever ipad mini from whatever hypocrite company, everyone is paying attention to the king of small sized tablet: New Nexus 7

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 06:49

29. shonboy (Posts: 2; Member since: 27 Jul 2013)


I guess you know everyone than

posted on 26 Jul 2013, 11:53 1

23. amir1975 (Posts: 22; Member since: 18 Aug 2012)


Apple should die! i Hate the company, it's for dumb people who never investigate about their gadget. just wanna pay and use. pity.
i bought an iPhone5 a week ago, last night i looked at the edges carefully, unfortunately they are several notches and scratches on it. **** you Cupertino. **** you.
Apple should create a campaign, named : iHate!

posted on 26 Jul 2013, 13:59

25. HarryWild (Posts: 31; Member since: 18 Oct 2012)


Given iPad Mini sales are doing pretty good compare to those of the full size iPad with Retina; I don't think Apple is too concern. People are buying the low resolution 131 ppi screen resolutions still in good quantity. It seems that buyers don't solely buy based on who has the better technology; price, etc...

I sure the Nexus 7 will sell well; but it does not seem like it going to impact iPad Mini sales much since the first generation had a better screen resolution the iPad Mini and still the Mini sold well.

I saving up for the iPad Mini Retina; since it going to be very costly! I already have $900 saved and expect to spend $1,800 in the new Mini!

posted on 26 Jul 2013, 14:14

26. Kishin (Posts: 586; Member since: 30 May 2013)


I dont think it will cost that much, maybe around $400 to 500
U would not pay $1,800 unless u are millionaire.

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 08:51

30. JunitoNH (Posts: 864; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


Since is kind useless to address all the immature comments. If you don't like, or can't afford Apple devices, just don't buy them, simple. However, I'll tell you, I purchased the first Nexus 7 and it was a piece of junk; yes, initially it is was smooth, and then the slow downs. Don't even think for a moment this one is going to be any different. I guess is true, you get what you pay for.

http://www.reddit.com/r/Android/comments/1hpe6w/calling_all_nexus_7_owners_a_survey_concerning/

http://forums.androidcentral.com/google-nexus-7-tablet-2012/294238-your-nexus-7-slow-should-i-wait-new-one.html

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