Fifth-generation Apple iPad expected to launch in March, stealing its looks from the Apple iPad mini
0. phoneArena 24 Dec 2012, 00:40 posted on
5 months after the launch of the 4th generation Apple iPad, we could be seeing the 5th generation Apple iPad cpme to market with a thinner, lighter form factor that will steal liberally from the Apple iPad mini; also on tap for Apple is a second-generation Apple iPad mini which ios expected to have a higher resolution screen and the Apple 6X processor...
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3. Qbancelli (Posts: 75; Member since: 11 Mar 2010)
They better. They're losing the tablets war to Android.
14. iDroidWin (Posts: 117; Member since: 07 Dec 2012)
iPads are still superior to tablets. Performance difference is visible to naked eye. Though Apple has lost some ground, Android still has to do a lot to make it tablet optimized. Once that happens, I believe Apple will have the same fate as they are having in smartphones segment.
17. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
It's not so much performance as it is the apps. Hardly any apps are made for tablets in Android, and a lot of them are just blown up to match the bigger display and look weird. As Android tablets get more popular though, developer support will rise and Android will be on top of iOS in tablets like it is in smartphones. Then Google will have to fight Windows in tablet share, because I imagine Windows is going to be a hit in tablets.
27. iDroidWin (Posts: 117; Member since: 07 Dec 2012)
Yes, ecosystem is another thing. I saw a test using fish (but test results were not fishy :P). Browser on Android failed miserably. My heart bled to see that. But since, I don't want to mid guide readers, I try to comment right things. Also, frame rates in gaming are better for iPad. Most of the issues in tablets for android is development related, but google also has to do its bit to some extent. I like what they did with Nexus 10.
34. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
I hear a lot about Chrome being absolutely horrible on Android phones/tablets, but I don't have any problems at all, it's actually a lot smoother than my stock browser. Is it a Nexus only problem, or what? Either way, it can be fixed with an update; Google is probably working on it right now.
I wouldn't doubt that frame rates are better on the iPad, considering the Nexus 10 has a higher res screen and isn't fully optimized like iOS is. Once again, it'll all get fixed in a future update (4.2.2-4.2.3). But, Google should have had most of these bugs worked out in the first place. They need to slow it down with the major updates.
37. iDroidWin (Posts: 117; Member since: 07 Dec 2012)
Chrome works fine on my android phone. Its actually my default browser. And I like how it syncs everything with my PC. But it was in a test. I was impressed how well iPad works under stress. May be a regular user won't put browser under that stress. But I do.
75. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
The only time I see lag on my GS2 in Chrome is when I have 6 or 7 tabs open along with a few apps in the background. That's with a Snapdragon S3 and 1 GB of RAM, so the new Nexus devices should be able to handle much more than that. I think it's just software that's the problem, and it'll be fixed in a few months.
15. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
They aren't losing, Android is catching up in tablets. Last time I checked, the tablet market share was 50% for iOS in Q3. Samsung in a distant second with 18%. Though, all Android tablets together is about even with Apple.
I expect Windows to be popular in tablets though, and MS will get a nice chunk of the tablet market.
5. meloth1991 (Posts: 37; Member since: 26 Aug 2012)
I am a hardcore android fan....but when it comes to tablets I love iPad ...just love the premium build quality!! Can't make up my mind between iPad mini and nexus 7 :/
8. kirholstov (Posts: 146; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
I'd choose iPad mini, but you can wait for iPad mini 2, which will be 2x faster and will have retina screen.
10. tmcr7 (Posts: 180; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)
Nexus 7. iPad Mini is for iDiots willing to pay more for anything with an Apple logo on it. I mean, this junk is 2011 surplus hardware being sold as "premium"
64. Droiddoes (unregistered)
SHHH don't let them in on that! It's nice being able to instantly recognize someone as a moron.
68. Commentator (Posts: 3705; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
Yeah, because instantly labelling someone as a moron because of a single product they own is so SMART! I'd hate to ever mistake YOU as a moron, because you're clearly such a nice, open-minded, caring person who will go very far in life with that attitude.
16. iDroidWin (Posts: 117; Member since: 07 Dec 2012)
In 7 inch segment, Nexus. In 10 inchers, iPad. iPad mini's screen is disappointing. For me, something that I look at constantly, is a deal breaker.
70. whysoserious (Posts: 318; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)
iSuggest you wait for the iPad Mini 10. That's the time it'll get significant upgrades compared from the older version, judging how they do it on the iPad. While waiting for the iPad Mini 10, choose whatever Android has to offer for now. :)
7. Peter98 (Posts: 119; Member since: 01 Aug 2012)
iFans respond here: it's not good shorten the cycle.
We love Apple becuz we love what they give the value of.
But releasing more model is still acceptable like what they did to iPad mini.
People will try for a cheaper one and compete with others meanwhile gaining market share.
9. kirholstov (Posts: 146; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
Apple needs something really innovative and new in their devices, but I'm pleased with my Apple products.
11. tiara6918 (Posts: 2045; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)
Many customers might not like that new product cycle of apple. After 6 months of your brand new iPad4 it will immediately be replaced with iPad5 and that can really make you disappointed as you're already holding an outdated device for such a short period of time
19. cripton805 (Posts: 1445; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)
Not only that, most people don't buy products on the first day. They sometimes wait a couple months or decide to buy a product during it's life cycle. So, you might buy it on the 4th month just to realize its getting replaced two months later. I'd also imagine quality control will be a lot tougher. A product with a shelf life of a couple months, won't show all of the problems withing that time period. So, that 6 month batch can be a crappy batch. This can be for any product.
65. Droiddoes (unregistered)
LOL yeah. And iDrone mentality is they "have" to have the "newest" and "best" novelty that apple puts out. Heaven forbid should the neighbors/coworkers/strangers find out they have outdated apple "tech"!
12. tmcr7 (Posts: 180; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)
Why pay more money for a gadget with obsolete hardware which is only good for 6 months? You can buy more capable devices for half the price.
18. iDroidWin (Posts: 117; Member since: 07 Dec 2012)
Because in tablets, iPads do perform better, even with outdated hardware. For tablets, Android needs a better tablet optimized version, which is not the case for now. Its not even as good as surface to be honest. I own Nexus 10 and note 2. I don't intend to switch. But specs don't speak the true story. However, the case is other way round in smartphones. Android is superior.
21. cripton805 (Posts: 1445; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)
It would really depend what you're using it for. To say it's better due to specs or hardware are better is pretty vague. There's a lot more that comes to play to make something better. The Sega Dreamcast was the most advanced console for it's time by far and we all know how that failed.
23. gallison1983 (Posts: 47; Member since: 19 Dec 2012)
They serve different purposes. Despite having many of the same apps, you can't say that a person will use a device the same way every time regardless of make. These are tools. Fighting over specs, features or business practices trivializes mobile devices down to toys that all try to play Angry Birds and post on Facebook.
20. gallison1983 (Posts: 47; Member since: 19 Dec 2012)
Android devices are typically outclassed every quarter. Screens get bigger, more RAM added, more cores, more battery.
22. redmd (Posts: 1274; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
so people would buy Apple products twice a year.
24. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
dang Apple, we don't want you to pump em' out THAT quick! o.O
you're about to pull some old Android Manufacturer BS on us here...
30. chethan316 (Posts: 28; Member since: 07 Nov 2010)
I have to say, the display of the iPad Mini is what's making me hold back. And that A5 chip inside. isn't doing wonders for the tablet either.
33. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
yeah, it's so well made that when you pick it up you want to like it but the reality is you're holding a smaller iPad 2 which crosses it off of any recommendation list of mine.
71. Commentator (Posts: 3705; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
It is fantastically built, possibly the best-feeling device I've ever held, and it looks gorgeous in black. If I have the money, I'll definitely consider picking one up when it gets a retina display and a better processor