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Apple is expected to announce the iPad Mini sometime in October

The iPad's "mini me" has started production as Apple attempts to ward off competition with a smaller, cheaper tablet.
Apple's Asian component suppliers have kick-started mass production of the new iPad, nicknamed iPad Mini. The new tablet will measure 7.85 inches diagonally, putting it more in line with the other 7-inch tablets crowding the market.
Apple's iPad is the king of tablets and eats up a majority of the tablet market share. However, the 9.7-inch display and a load of features like 4G LTE connectivity and a Retina display with 2048x1536 resolution makes the iPad a tad expensive. In fact, the new iPad starts at $499.
Cheaper and credible alternatives to the iPad have emerged recently, offering the iPad a bit of competition. Amazon's Kindle Fire, which is a 7-inch tablet for $199 that was released last November, was the first to take a chunk of the iPad's market share last holiday season. 
Other tech companies have since followed suit, offering smaller and cheaper alternatives. Google recently launched its 7-inch Nexus 7 tablet for $199, which is not only smaller and cheaper than the iPad, but also has features more comparable to the iPads'. Amazon also kicked its Kindle Fire line up a notch by launching the Kindle Fire HD models. The Kindle Fire HD line offers a refreshed 7-inch model for $199, an 8.9-inch model for $299, and a 4G LTE model for $499. What's more is that Amazon is offering a generous data package for only $49.99 per year. 
As if that wasn't enough, Barnes & Noble recently announced its updated Nook tablets, Nook HD and HD+.
Clearly, Apple needs to jump into this market if it wants to hold onto its No.1 spot. Not many details are known about the iPad Mini, such as price, but it has been confirmed that it won't have the Retina display that the new iPad has. This was likely an eliminated feature in order to keep the iPad Mini competitively priced. 
Apple is expected to announce the iPad Mini sometime this month, according to AllThingsD

Source: The Wall Street Journal

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RE: No Retina Display
By ritualm on 10/3/2012 8:53:07 PM , Rating: 1
You do realize an actual Hollywood movie has an aspect ratio of 2.35:1, or close to 21:9? On a 16:9 you will still get those ugly black letterboxes. So most movie discs and Blu-Rays trim horizontally to give you 16:9, but what really happens is you're throwing a LOT of movie footage away so the whole thing perfectly fits onto a 16:9 screen.

When you edit a 16:9 movie on a 16:9 screen, you have to shrink the movie itself to make room for onscreen editing controls, buttons and menus. You don't have to do this on a 4:3 screen (or, effectively, 16:12).

RE: No Retina Display
By blue_urban_sky on 10/4/2012 3:37:09 AM , Rating: 3
Odd argument.
In the first bit you talk about most films being 2.35:1 thus leaving a 16:9 display with black bars. Which are far smaller than the same use case on a 4:3.
Then you jump to cropping to 16:9 and how much you lose, neglecting to apply the same logic to 4:3.
lastly you then say that video editing on a ipad is much easier due to the black bars even tho you have started by saying that 16:9 still has them for 2.35:1 (and 4:3) but more to the point the OP said for consumption not productivity. I'm sure the OP if they ever decide to edit a film they will do what most normal people do and use a desktop/laptop and not their nexus7...

RE: No Retina Display
By Reclaimer77 on 10/4/2012 6:09:52 PM , Rating: 1
Did that pile of bullshit actually make sense to you when you posted it? Just curious.

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