Apple's smaller iPad to actually be called the iPad Mini indeed, speculation mounts
posted by Daniel P. / Aug 27, 2012, 9:11 AM
From the eminent Japanese Apple-centric blog Macotakara now comes the confirmation that Apple could very well call its 7.85" sub-$300 tablet the iPad mini indeed. Sources for the claim are supply chain players from Asia.
Apple went off its way to name the third generation iPad something different instead if the iPad 3, as most of the blogosphere was using before the actual announcement, because Phil Schiller said they wanted to keep the surprise factor, so it got named simply the new iPad.
The iPad logo will be printed on the back of this mini, as anyone could've easily guessed, but the source mentions that the new iPad will also be getting the 8-pin dock connector from the iPhone 5 and the iPad mini, at least the version that Japanese carriers intend to offer. The iPad mini is expected to be announced at the annual October iTunes event of Apple, whereas the next iPhone we are going to see at the dedicated September 12 event.
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A relief for those who can not afford a big iPad, a bitter disappointment for hardcore Apple fans (those who really believe in the companies one-fits-all-philosophy). As I am neither, I don't really care. Should raise the iPad market share even further from staggering seventy percent.
posted on Aug 27, 2012, 9:14 AM 10
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And once again, bold Apple follows the trend instead of setting it...
posted on Aug 27, 2012, 10:04 AM 8
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one-fits-all-philosophy is bulls**t. Its like saying everyone like to have oats for breakfast.
posted on Aug 27, 2012, 10:15 AM 2
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"We've been referring to the smaller, more affordable tablet expected from Apple this fall, as the iPad Mini, for the sake of convenience, but it could very well have be something else." RIP English.......
posted on Aug 27, 2012, 9:22 AM 4
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Apple has enough confidence in themselves to sell a 7.85 inch tablet at about $300, whereas most companies are selling their 7 inch tablets at around $200. Im going to have plenty of tablets to choose from come Xmas.
posted on Aug 27, 2012, 9:26 AM 2
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Samsung has their i800 galaxy 7 inch at around 400.00. The new Samsung 7.7 is 550.00. Xyboard 8.2 is 430.00. No these prices come with a cell network were they would probably be 100.00 less without it. The Kindle is 200.00 The Levano idea pad is 250.00, the playbook just been lowered to 200.00, the Nook tablet is 250.00 There are tons of tablets that are priced around 200.00 but some of them I would never consider I guess.
posted on Aug 27, 2012, 12:09 PM 0
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Sorry, but ipad mini still sounds like a feminine hygiene product... Better than ipod maxi or something...
posted on Aug 27, 2012, 10:30 AM 5
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what do you think about the price ? An iPad Mini with 3G on board.
posted on Aug 27, 2012, 11:42 AM 1
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Price point still too high...
posted on Aug 27, 2012, 11:46 AM 1
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You would think apple would want to fill the smart phone market with multiple size smart phones, not iPads. And before you bash, .05 is not a huge difference in size. (referring to the new iPhone)
posted on Aug 27, 2012, 2:32 PM 0
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Agreed. Instead of doing the slight, slight upgrade to 4", I think they should have marketed the classic size, then a bigger one, say 4.5-4.7 inch, for those that want a bigger screen. The differecne between 3.5 and 4 is minimal, 3.5 and 4.7, now that's a big difference.
posted on Aug 27, 2012, 3:10 PM 0
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i dont think if iPad mini will boom like iPad... 8gb of memory no back camera... i dont thinks so... but if apple will make something to make iPad mini to be love by people like 10gb and front and back bamera at 5mp will be a good deal at starting price $250.. and the $300 variant will be 20gb... if they will go 8gb, i dont think that it will sell like hotcakes like the iPad and the nexus.. and if this is true, what about the iPod touch? the 8gb version starts at $200.. so i think if they dont follow the memory pattern of the nexus 7 or its iPod and make 10gb version instead, it will have a market in 7" tablets... but we will never know.. this is apple we are talking about.. the company that is worth a trillion dollar... if microsoft will truely price the surface RT at $199, then my money goes to surface...
posted on Aug 27, 2012, 9:41 PM 0
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