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Apple looks to tackle all of the latest low-cost tablets entering the market

It's no secret that Apple is set to lower the price of entry for the iPad with the introduction of the new iPad mini. Well, the company today confirmed that it has "a little more to show you" next Tuesday.
 
The iPad mini is expected to feature a 7.85" display with a rather lackluster screen resolution of 1024x768. This screen resolution is the same as the original iPad and the iPad 2, but well below the 2048x1536 of the "New iPad". By sticking with 1024x768, Apple is ensuring that the iPad mini will be compatible with the full library of iPad apps without creating additional fragmentation.

 
According to Apple Insider, there are 24 different configurations for the iPad mini (two colors, Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi + LTE, two carriers, and three different storage capacities).
 
Not much else is known about the iPad mini, but we can expect front- and rear-facing cameras, a Lightning dock connector, and a much lighter device overall compared to the hefty 1.44 pound New iPad. The battery capacity for the iPad mini is reportedly 16.7 watt-hours. This compares to 5.45, 24, and 42.5 watt-hours for the iPhone 5, iPad 2, and New iPad respectively.
 
There is little doubt that Apple is likely to have another hit on its hands with the iPad mini, as its customers are a very loyal bunch. This is despite that fact that companies like Amazon, and Barnes and Noble offer tablets with higher resolutions screens.

iPad Mini rendering [Image Source: Martin Hajek]

Sources: The Loop, Apple Insider, Mac Rumors



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Interesting
By TheM4gician on 10/16/2012 1:04:32 PM , Rating: 2
I am really wondering if Apple can adopt even more users with this strategy or if they cut into their sales of the Ipad 3. It's really an intersting market at the moment with Win 8 around the corner and lots of promising and more "experimental" Tablets coming to the market. I hope for the best for the costumers and that Apple makes products again that push the market and not disappoint them. This iPad Mini seems to me more like a reaction to the success of kindle and nexus 7.The Win 8 tablets are way more intersting (even more than Android which still lacks a visionary design attempt) than another iPad with the same UI, same usability and same look.




RE: Interesting
By GotThumbs on 10/16/2012 1:16:41 PM , Rating: 2
"visionary" What are you expecting?

Really? How about the fact that with my android phone or tablet, I have the choice to download apps from multiple sources if I choose. How about the fact that I have the control to stream my music or videos from my own server and don't have to wonder if the overseer will delete my entire catalog/content at their discretion and not be liable at all. (Source: Apples TOA) Apple really has that power/right.

Apple's walled garden has nothing to offer me or anyone else who can think and do on their own. I'd at least like to see Apple allows its followers to choose if they wish to use a different method for accessing/loading content other than Apples Itunes. Apple controls your access/use from all sides. Thats your choice if you want...but how many of you even realize the amount of control Apple has over your "freedom" of choice. Hey, if you want to give Apple your business...that's your choice. Just understand there are other choices and not everyone will be a follower.


RE: Interesting
By TheM4gician on 10/16/2012 2:37:56 PM , Rating: 2
Sorry english isn't my native language. I once had an iPod Touch (2) and was so turned off by the whole idea that "all your base belongs to apple", that I used it for one week and later gave it away as a gift. I prefer Android because I love to tinker and put on modifications. I would never ever again buy an apple product anymore, but I respect that Apple has found a way to sell a lot of products and bind them to their products because of those restrictions. This is what I meant with visionary regarding Apple. The whole idea behind Apple products was (first iPad, iPod, iMac, iPhone) so good that they became one of the most popular brands in the world, but that's a product I would by.


RE: Interesting
By kleinma on 10/16/2012 4:58:27 PM , Rating: 2
Google's Android may be more "open" in some respects versus competition like MS and Apple, but if any of you think Google doesn't have the ability to pull the plug on virtually everything that makes android android then you are crazy.


RE: Interesting
By TakinYourPoints on 10/16/2012 4:52:04 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Apple's walled garden has nothing to offer me


Well, better apps and developers is one thing it offers, especially on the tablet side. Its a tradeoff, control or quality.


RE: Interesting
By xti on 10/16/2012 5:01:24 PM , Rating: 2
i just switched to galaxy s3, and I was kind of disappointed with how many stuff, albeit mostly games, are on the app store and not on google play. From my reading around, the situation is much more of a factor on the tablet app/game side.

I streamed stuff to iphone/ipad all the time, its a bit of an exaggerated point.

and idk about quality, kies is fkn awful, 100x worse than itunes.


RE: Interesting
By aharris02 on 10/16/2012 5:16:03 PM , Rating: 2
Android devs have 3900+ platforms to support when creating their apps. (http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2012/05/android-fra...

The number of app stores you can choose from can never compensate for the lack of uniformity of the platform, and unless Google fixes this core vision problem, Apple will continue to dominate where quality apps are concerned.

Also, for the user who commented about Apple deleting your library...I think the term you're looking for is, "data backup", maybe?


RE: Interesting
By aharris02 on 10/16/2012 5:17:04 PM , Rating: 2
http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2012/05/android-fra...

Apparently the previous link buried the close-parenthesis in the link...


RE: Interesting
By TakinYourPoints on 10/16/12, Rating: -1
RE: Interesting
By Taft12 on 10/16/2012 1:39:53 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
I am really wondering if Apple can adopt even more users with this strategy or if they cut into their sales of the Ipad 3.


The answer is simple: both

It's also a defense against Windows RT. MS is launching the Surface at the same price as the iPad 3. Apple is conveniently launching a cheaper tablet offering at the same time.


RE: Interesting
By Tony Swash on 10/16/2012 3:05:28 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
I am really wondering if Apple can adopt even more users with this strategy or if they cut into their sales of the Ipad 3.


Apple have shown before a willingness to be the one that disrupts their own business rather than waiting for someone else to do it. The iPhone disrupted their iPod business (which at the time was well over 50% of the company) and the iPad disrupts their laptop business. Apple have lost iPod sales because of the iPhone and lost laptop sales because of the iPad but as long as the customer is switching to another Apple product then they laughing all the way to the bank.

The company currently working on designing the iPhone and iPad killer is Apple.


By GotThumbs on 10/16/2012 1:07:06 PM , Rating: 1
Did Apple invent a shrinking machine? Oh, It's just the new Ipad2 (and internals) in a smaller size.

When did color and carrier become a product feature? Why not add more colors for even more configuration options. Shocking idea!

As the article alluded...Apple has a very dedicated following and I'm sure this will be a cute gift for all those Apple Fans who already have the phone and large Ipad version. Why not complete the set and get a medium size? Hey, why not collect all colors?

The ONLY thing that would be remotely innovative is if Apple added cell calling (not Facetime) capability to this.

Best wishes on Apple selling millions of these to its current collective. I have no doubt it will be a success. Honestly, I don't doubt it at all.

Best wishes to all,




By retrospooty on 10/16/2012 2:56:48 PM , Rating: 2
"Did Apple invent a shrinking machine? Oh, It's just the new Ipad2 (and internals) in a smaller size."

Pretty much it is an iPad 2 but smaller... Its a good idea. The iPad is just too big for alot of people. the 7 inch area is the size of a standard notepad or paperback book (as in Kindle reader). Perfect size for portability and browsing for alot of people. That and variety is a good thing.

Good idea, but to me it still doesnt touch the Google Nexus 7. It's more expensive (assuming $250 at best and possibly $300 or more and has a lower res screen, and IOS is still just the same boring IOS from 2007. Really in need of a makeover.


By xti on 10/16/2012 5:03:53 PM , Rating: 2
the iOS is gonna matter how? the tablet is about the apps, which the app store always gets first dibs on stuff.

games for example, keeps the kids entertained and yelling less, parents prolly love that.


By retrospooty on 10/16/2012 5:59:09 PM , Rating: 2
I said "to me". Some people don't care about the UI and the fact that its aged and outdated. I prefer something that look much cooler.


iPad Micro
By PrinceGaz on 10/16/2012 2:14:22 PM , Rating: 1
I hope they also launch the iPad Micro on the same date, ideally something like a 4" iPad with WiFi connectivity but still supporting all the Apple goodness. If they can pull that off as well, then Apple truly are the greatest company to have ever existed, and worthy of everyone's praise.




RE: iPad Micro
By retrospooty on 10/16/2012 2:51:27 PM , Rating: 2
"I hope they also launch the iPad Micro on the same date, ideally something like a 4" iPad "

Wouldnt that be the new ipod? Its 4 inches.

"If they can pull that off as well, then Apple truly are the greatest company to have ever existed, and worthy of everyone's praise."

LOL... I dont even know what to say to that. jut LOL.


RE: iPad Micro
By Taft12 on 10/16/2012 4:24:35 PM , Rating: 2
Quick, someone explain to this man the existence of sarcasm!


RE: iPad Micro
By retrospooty on 10/16/2012 4:48:48 PM , Rating: 2
Now that is a helpful post.

How did I do? ;)


Pricing
By tayb on 10/16/2012 1:34:40 PM , Rating: 2
That's the only thing I'm really curious about. I didn't realize the new iPod touch starts at $299 now. The iPad 2 is $399. Where are they going to fit in a mini-iPad without cannibalizing the sales of the iPod touch or the iPad 2?

The only price points I can imagine are $299 or $349 but neither price point makes much sense to me. At $299 why would anyone buy an iPod touch? At $349 why would anyone buy an iPad mini, iPad 2 is $50 more. If Apple really wanted to scare Amazon and Asus they would price this thing at $249 but that doesn't seem realistic.




RE: Pricing
By TakinYourPoints on 10/16/2012 5:03:56 PM , Rating: 2
Apple has had no problems throwing existing products under the bus to make way for new ones. Look at that they did with prior iPod lines, dropping their most successful iPod at that point, the iPod mini, for the iPod nano only a year later. With the iPhone they completely threw the iPod under the bus, and the proof is in sales as the iPod has declined steadily year after year. Of course, it was worth it since the iPhone alone makes more revenue than all of Microsoft at this point.

It'll happen with the iPod Touch as well. If the market decides that a 7' iPad is more desirable than an iPod Touch, the Touch will fall by the wayside, and Apple has no problem with that. They've done it so many times before.


RE: Pricing
By corduroygt on 10/16/2012 5:18:04 PM , Rating: 2
Simple, 32GB iPod Touch for $299 or 8GB iPad for $299.


18 options, not 24
By senecarr on 10/16/2012 1:45:51 PM , Rating: 2
Your number of options are off, there are 18.
You don't multiple by the number of carriers, instead it would be 2 colors, time 3 bands (wifi, carrier A, carrier V), times 3 storage sizes = 18 configurations.
It's not like you can a wifi only tablet for one of the two carriers.




RE: 18 options, not 24
By dagamer34 on 10/16/2012 2:03:30 PM , Rating: 2
The iPad 3 models for AT&T and Verizon are physically different from each other, supporting different cellular bands.


RE: 18 options, not 24
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 10/16/2012 2:15:10 PM , Rating: 2
It was my mistake... there are four different storage capacities, not three. I've updated the article.


The Great Tablet Wars
By jcsurf2002ad on 10/16/2012 3:22:05 PM , Rating: 2
Another Tablet maker is emerging with performance-value Android tablets with some great features - Ainol Electronics -- with one model introduced last month, the Novo 7 Flame - priced at $189 at a site called TabletSprint - that offers a 1280x800 high resolution screen, 2nd Gen Dual Core CPU, an HDMI connection to your TV with Full 1080p (HD) Viewing - great for Movie Downloads through Blockbuster as well as your own videos shot using the tablet video recorder, a 5 megapixel Rear Camera with AF & Flash and a 2 MP webcam, Wifi, Bluetooth, a MicroSD Memory Card slot and a Micro-USB port.. plus an option for 3G - it's by far the most complete budget tablet available under $300 and worth looking at and comparing, especially for the price... Ainol Electronics won runner-up in CES / CNET 2012 "Best Tablet of the Year" Award -- and this new tablet certainly gives the new Nook, Nexus 7, Kindle HD & the this new Mini some competition. Next month Ainol Electronics launches a larger version with a Hi-res 10 Inch screen and a price around $225




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