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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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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.

"We don't know how to make a $500 computer that's not a piece of junk." -- Apple CEO Steve Jobs

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