Report: iPad Mini Production Has Begun
October 3, 2012 3:04 PM
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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
. 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
The Wall Street Journal
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RE: No Retina Display
10/4/2012 7:22:22 PM
16:9 on something designed to be landscape, things like computer monitors and tablets, isn't as ideal as something taller like 16:10 or 4:3. Vertical space is important in those cases.
To me 16:9 doesn't make sense unless you get huge, things like 27" 2560x1440 monitors. It works there since they have so much vertical room. Applications and web pages benefit from more vertical space since so much UI and information is presented in vertical columns.
Narrower aspect ratios like 16:9 aren't so great for apps on 12"-15" laptop screens, and they certainly aren't good for little 10" and 7" tablet screens.
RE: No Retina Display
10/5/2012 9:37:20 AM
humm. Within the tablet space a 16:9 would have more vertical space as you are free to turn it. Phones are mostly used in portrait and 16:9 in my opinion works well there.
on the desktop what you say is true but due to me not needing wide colour gaumut or ultra high rez I am presented with cheaper 16:9 displays than 4:3 so for the same price I get a monitor that is just as tall but is a fair bit wider... you have made me want a monitor that swivels to portrait now as it would be nicer to code on.
RE: No Retina Display
10/5/2012 12:54:03 PM
Yeah, phones in portrait mode work fine in 16:9. Tablets do get used in landscape quite a lot though, which is why something with more vertical room in the landscape orientation is good. 16:9 on a 10" or 7" screen works well for watching movies but it really isn't that great for web browsing or applications.
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