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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.


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