Report: iPad Mini with Retina Display Availability to be Limited at Launch
October 2, 2013 11:00 AM
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Source didn't say what was causing the production delay
A source from the Apple supply is indicating that the high resolution
iPad mini with a Retina display that many are e
xpecting get the market this month has been delayed. The sources claims that the supply chain is just now ramping up to produce the high-resolution displays, and the tablet will be available in very limited quantities if it indeed launches later this month.
Naturally, Apple still has yet to confirm what changes if any it might make to iPad models this year. Apple is expected to upgrade its line of iPad tablets soon ahead of the rush for holiday shopping. Apple's tablets are under increasing pressure as Android-powered tablets [collectively] have now overtaken the iPad in sales. The other tablets are also significantly cheaper than the iPad and in the case of the current iPad mini, have much sharper displays.
There are rumors that the reason for the limited production is due to power consumption of the new 7.9” Retina displays. Significantly increasing the screen resolution negatively affects battery life, so Apple is pushing suppliers to make their panels as efficient as possible.
As for pricing, expect Apple to hold the line, with iPad mini prices starting at $329.
"Don't expect the prices to be significantly lower," said one of the sources. "Even though Apple aims to cut down on component costs, it still ends up around the same as the current Mini because the new Mini will have upgraded specifications."
The new iPad mini will launch into a market that has recently seen some refreshed tablets surface. Amazon just recently announced its
7" Kindle Fire HD
which comes packing a 2.2GHz quad-core processor and a 1920x1200 display for $229. Stepping up to the 8.9" model ups the screen resolution and price to 2560x1600 and $379 respectively.
Not to be left out,
Google also has its Nexus 7
, which includes a 1.5GHz Snapdragon processors and 1920x1200 display for $229.
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RE: It doesn't matter
10/2/2013 2:51:09 PM
4:3 is a terrible aspect ratio for a device this size. Here are the aspect ratios of the text (i.e. excluding margins) in different size paperback books (which are the closest paper analogue to tablets).
small paperback: 1.64 (5.75" x 3.5")
medium paperback: 1.625 (6.5" x 4")
large paperback: 1.67 (7.5" x 4.5")
They're not even close to 4:3 (1.33). They're all between 16:10 (1.6) and 16:9 (1.78) which is where the Android tablets are. You can even see it in the design of the iPad Mini itself. It's got a huge bezels on top and bottom, with incredibly narrow bezels on the side.
Because its screen is the wrong aspect ratio
for a device this size.
The key to this size (both in books and tablets) is the ability to hold it comfortably in one hand for reading. The 4:3 aspect ratio results in a device that's too wide to handhold comfortably if you want to fit a decent amount of reading material in vertically. Which is why Apple had to narrow the side bezels down to almost nothing. The only paperback which comes close to a 4:3 aspect ratio is Reader's Digest (1.36). But it works in that format because (1) you can bend the magazine to make it fit in your hand, and (2) they print two columns of text per page
because 4:3 is too wide
RE: It doesn't matter
10/2/2013 7:05:15 PM
I think this is one of those personal preference things. Not too many people sit holding a book from edge to edge one handed, they will either hold both edges using two hands or bend open holding one side with one hand and prop the other with their thumb or something... yada yada
Whatever way works people will adapt.
I used to own an early Kindle, I liked it, used to read a lot with it. I used to own an iPad2, for the most part it was ok, read kindle books with it, not as good as the kindle but I don't remember being bothered by the aspect ratio, it was just too big as a kindle platform. If I ever buy another iPad, it would probably be a mini - if it had a high resolution display. Would like a lower price but don't expect that with Apple.
RE: It doesn't matter
10/2/2013 9:37:15 PM
4:3 is just garbage and I don't know why this small subset of dummies insist that it's optimal for -well- ANYTHING anymore.
Good point about the bezels too. Seriously every Apple product has these ugly gigantic bezels when the entire industry is moving to edge-to-edge.
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